With the first COVID-19 vaccines being rolled out in the United Kingdom this week, speculation has been mounting as to whether or not Queen Elizabeth, 94, and her husband Prince Philip, 99, would get vaccinated or not. On Tuesday morning, a top British official spoke out to say that while he is confidant that the Queen and her husband will be vaccinated, he is unsure if they will do it on camera.
“I’m not sure whether they’ll do it on camera but I’m sure arrangements will be made according to the phased approach that I set out foreign secretary Dominic Raab told NBC News when asked if the Queen and Philip would get vaccinated.
“I’m not sure whether they’ll do it on camera but I’m sure arrangements will be made according to the phased approach that I set out,” Raab said. “And like any family, you know, they will have felt the pressures and all of the worries that surround this pandemic as well.”
The coronavirus has already hit close to home for the Queen and Philip, as both their son Prince Charles and grandson Prince William tested positive for the deadly virus earlier this year. Thankfully, both of them. made a full recovery.
Since they are over the age of 90, the Queen and Philip are among those in the highest risk group of having complications from COVID-19, should they test positive for it. Royal aides told The Sunday Times of London that the Queen may get the vaccine early and “let it be known” to show others that it’s safe and combat the anti-vaccination movement in the United Kingdom.
The Times added that “delicate discussions have been held at the highest level of government” as to how best to utilize the royals and other public figures to encourage people that the vaccine is safe.
Royal aides went on to tell the publication that it is a “personal decision” and “private matter” as to whether the Queen would get the vaccine, but they added that she would most likely “let it be known” afterward.
The Queen and Philip have spent much of the past few months isolating at Windsor Castle amidst the pandemic. They just announced that they would be spending Christmas there instead of at their Sandringham estate for the first time in 33 years due to the coronavirus pandemic.