Posted on February 2021 By Jamie Southwell
In her first appearance since Prince Phillip’s hospitalisation on February 16th, the Queen has come forward to encourage the public to “think about other people” and receive the coronavirus vaccine.
During a video conference with the health officials leading the deployment of the vaccine in the United Kingdom, Her Majesty now 94, was asked about her personal experiences when receiving the vaccination.
She spoke about the speed of the process, by saying “It was very quick, and I’ve had lots of letters from people who have been very surprised at how easy it was to get the vaccine.”
The Monarch went on to describe the lack of pain as “it didn’t hurt at all.”
Reflecting on the positives to receiving the vaccine with her husband the Duke of Edinburgh in January, Queen Elizabeth stated “Once you’ve had the vaccine, you have a feeling of, you know, you’re protected which is, I think, very important.”
“I think the other thing is, that it is obviously difficult for people if they’ve never had a vaccine … but they ought to think about other people rather than themselves.”
After remarking back to her life through the war, she goes on to praise the efforts of those administering the jab nationwide through adding “I think it is remarkable how quickly the whole thing has been done and so many people have had the vaccine already.”
With cases beginning to decline across the country, now comes no more “important” of a time to encourage everyone eligible to get vaccinated according to Dr. Emily Lawson, who is in charge of the vaccine deployment for NHS in England.
She says “Her Majesty offering her view on that is a huge boost to our confidence and I hope to confidence more broadly in the programme."
Later tonight the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, will announce the next steps in the vaccine rollout for under 50’s in Downing Street at 17:00 GMT.