Queen heaped with praise for promoting importance of Covid vaccines

Britain's Queen Elizabeth speaks via video call to health leaders delivering the Covid-19 vaccine across England Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland London Britain

Britain's Queen Elizabeth speaks via video call to health leaders delivering the Covid-19 vaccine across England Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland London Britain

Queen Elizabeth II says people "ought to think about others" when it comes to receiving the Covid-19 vaccination.

Asked for "feedback" about her vaccination experience, she chuckled as she told the officials "it was quite harmless".

In a rare reference to private health matters, the 94-year-old monarch backed the National Health Service (NHS) led vaccination programme in the United Kingdom during a video call earlier this week with health officials coordinating the rollout across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

This is not the first time the monarch has championed a new vaccine. "Which I think is very important".

"And the other thing is that it is obviously hard for people if they've never had a vaccine or they've had to ... but they ought to think about other people rather than themselves".

Britain's vaccines minister said this week that between 11% and 15% of the public were hesitant about getting the shot, particularly among ethnic minority groups, amid conspiracy theories around the inoculations.

The 94-year-old monarch and her 99-year-old husband Prince Philip, who is now in hospital with a non-COVID infection, received their shots from a household doctor at the Queen's Windsor Castle residence.

The Queen decided the information should be made public to prevent inaccuracies and further speculation.

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She said it was big and the beds were comfortable but the food "wasn't always kid-friendly", adding: "Other than that, the security was really nice and very supportive".

"It is remarkable how quickly the whole thing has been done and so many people have had the vaccine".

Last week, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of of Cornwall met volunteers who are undertaking clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccinations at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Though Prince Charles has visited his father in the hopsital, and Prince William has offered an update on the duke's health, the queen has not yet visited her husband of over 70 years.

William chats to Geoff Smyth, 66, as he waits to be vaccinated at King's Lynn Corn Exchange.

"So we keep our fingers crossed". "And I think this has rather inspired that hasn't it?" And the shot "it didn't hurt at all", she added, likening the virus to a plague. "It's not only here that we've got the virus but it's everywhere, so it's a unusual battle that everybody's actually fighting", she noted.

Derek Grieve, head of the Scottish Government's Vaccinations Division, highlighted how residents from the Isle of Benbecula, in the Outer Hebrides, and the Coast Guard, local authority and volunteers had rallied together to set up a vaccination centre in a community hall in a matter of days.

The letter, which royal fan katsroyalletters has shown on her Instagram, reads: "The Queen thanks you for the message you sent for Christmas and the New Year".

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