Queen and Prince Philip get Covid-19 vaccine

The Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, received the Covid-19 vaccine today, Buckingham Palace says.

In an unusual move, Buckingham Palace, rarely commenting on the private health issues of the monarch and duke, announced that the 94-year-old head of state and her wife had received the shot.

It is understood that the Queen decided to make the information public to avoid inaccuracies and further speculation.

The Queen (94) and Prince Phillip (99) are among the approximately 1.5 million people in Great Britain who have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine so far.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh received Covid-19 vaccinations today.”

Royal Aides have previously said it was a “personal choice” and a “private matter” but it was common knowledge that the Queen would “let it know” when she received the vaccine.

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A royal source confirmed the injections were given by a royal family doctor at Windsor Castle.

The Queen and Philip stayed in lockdown in England to take shelter at their Windsor Castle home after deciding to have a quiet Christmas at their Berkshire residence and forego the traditional royal family gathering at Sandringham.

Prince Charles, 72, has also confirmed he will receive the vaccine in the past few weeks but said he would “wait for my turn”.

A third vaccine to treat the coronavirus was approved in the UK on January 8th.

The drug and health product regulator has approved the Moderna coronavirus vaccine, the Ministry of Health announced.

Britain had ordered seven million cans of the shock – which is 94 percent effectiveness – and has now ordered another 10 million.

The Moderna vaccine is used across the UK alongside the Pfizer and Oxford vaccines that have already been administered.

Buckingham Palace did not confirm whether the royal couple had received a vaccine against Pfizer or Oxford Astra Zeneca.

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