Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and her husband Philip have been vaccinated against Covid-19, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday.
“The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have received Covid-19 vaccinations today,” the palace said in a statement. The queen is 94 years old and Philip 99.
A royal source said the vaccines were administered by a family doctor at the Queen’s residence in Windsor Castle, adding that she published the news to counter all speculation.
With a highly contagious new variant of the virus growing across the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has shut down the economy and rushed out vaccines in an attempt to stop the spread of the pandemic.
The government plans to vaccinate the elderly, the vulnerable workers and the frontline workers – about 15 million people – in mid-February, to facilitate a new strict lock-in introduced after an increase in cases to daily registers.
Britain has the world’s fifth highest official number of deaths from Covid-19 with almost 80,000, and the 1325 deaths reported within 28 days after a positive test on Friday exceeded the previous daily record of April last year.