11 January 2021 - Queen and Duke of Edinburgh receive first doses of coronavirus vaccine
The Queen and Prince Philip receive first dose of Covid vaccine
Mattha Busby (The Guardian, 09/01/2021)
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been vaccinated against Covid, joining more than a million people in the UK who have been given the jab.
In an unusual move, Buckingham Palace – which rarely comments on the private health matters of the couple – announced that the 94-year-old head of state and her consort had been given the injection.
It is understood the Queen decided the information should be made public to prevent speculation. A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have today received Covid-19 vaccinations.”
COVID-19: Queen and Philip's first jabs confirmed in rare announcement 'to prevent inaccuracies'
(Sky News, 09/01/2021)
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have received coronavirus vaccinations, Buckingham Palace has said.
The couple got the first doses of their COVID-19 jabs on Saturday, according to a spokesperson, in a rare announcement commenting on the royals' private health matters.
It is understood the Queen decided the information should be made public to prevent inaccuracies and further speculation.
Covid: Why did the Queen decide to share her vaccine injection with the world?
Chris Ship (ITV News, 09/01/2021)
When it comes to the Queen’s medical matters – and those of other senior members of the Royal Family – we are habitually told it is a ’private’ issue and medical updates are rarely shared with the public.
But every so often, there comes an overriding reason to break that rule – and today was one of those moments.
With the coronavirus pandemic dominating domestic and international headlines for the best part of a year, there was a huge amount demand for the Palace to say whether the Queen had been vaccinated.
Brits 80 and older to receive invitations to get vaccinated in UK
Joseph Choi (The Hill, 10/01/2021)
The U.K. is sending individuals ages 80 and over invitations to get a coronavirus vaccine, according to officials who spoke with the Associated Press.
The move will likely help the U.K. in its goal of immunizing 15 million people by the middle of February, the AP notes. So far the U.K. has given around 1.2 million people their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
According to the AP, more than 600,000 invitations seeking to encourage the elderly to sign up for vaccines at new centers near to them will be sent out in England this week.