Queen Elizabeth II will receive in the coming weeks the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which has just been approved by the British health authorities, the British press reported on Saturday evening.
The royal couple is in line to get the jab early in the rollout, which gets underway on Tuesday, due to their age (above 80) and not because of preferential treatment. According to the Mail newspaper, these older members of the royal family will make their vaccination public in order to “encourage as many people as possible” to do the same, as authorities fear that anti-vaccine activists will sow doubt in the population.
Britain has approved the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech laboratories for use on a vaccination campaign that will begin among the oldest and most vulnerable people.
Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond. The Daily Mirror says for its part that several celebrities in the United Kingdom have publicly committed to being vaccinated to support this vaccination campaign.