Queen Elizabeth, Seen for First Time Since Philip's Hospitalization, Speaks of Her COVID Vaccine
Buckingham Palace Queen Elizabeth released in a video call on Thursday.
Queen Elizabeth smiles and shares her vaccine experience.
In her first public appearance since husband Prince Philip's hospitalization nine days ago, the 94-year-old Queen spoke in a video call posted on Thursday using the British slang "the jab" to draw attention to the COVID-19 vaccination.
"It was very quick and I received a lot of letters from people who were surprised how easy it was to get the vaccine," she said on the WebEx appeal with health leaders from the four nations that make up the UK. "And the bump - it didn't hurt at all."
Queen Elizabeth of Buckingham Palace speaks to UK health leaders on a video call.
The Queen received her first injection of vaccine along with her 99-year-old husband Philip in January. Philip was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London last week and will be staying for a few more days, the palace said earlier this week, adding that he has an "infection".
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The Queen spoke to the four Senior Responsible Officers (SROs) who oversaw the delivery of the vaccine in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to learn of the combined efforts that have resulted in more than 18 million people across the UK their first dose received a vaccine.
Dr. Emily Lawson, who leads the effort on behalf of the National Health Service (NHS) England, told the Queen how health care workers, government officials, volunteers and the armed forces in all four countries worked together to deliver the vaccine to all communities in the UK
The Welsh Program Director, Assistant Medical Director Dr. Gillian Richardson, explained how various health professionals, including dentists and pharmacists, are working to get the vaccine to all parts of the country.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
Around 1.5 million Scots have now been vaccinated, reported Derek Grieve, head of the Scottish Government's vaccination department. The challenge is to ensure that those who live in remote areas are not left out. Grieve told the Queen how cold stores were secured for the vaccines in the remote Shetland Islands, Orkney and the Western Isles.
"If I could fill in that community spirit and use it not just for the vaccination program but for other things, the job would be done," added Grieve.
The Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, Dr. Naresh Chada, told residents of all 483 nursing homes now vaccinated against the virus how teams have worked to deliver the vaccine to those most at risk.
The Queen's appeal was the latest in the royal family's efforts to show solidarity with the vaccines and the volunteers helping with the rollout. Prince William previously visited a vaccination center near his country house in King's Lynn, Norfolk.
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Last week, Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall Camilla met volunteers conducting clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccinations at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
And Camilla also checked in with volunteers at a vaccination center in Wembley, northwest London this week.
On Thursday, Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, went on her first shift as an ambulance volunteer at an NHS vaccination center. She has joined an emerging team of over 10,000 volunteers who have been trained and deployed in NHS vaccination centers across the country as part of an extraordinary collaborative effort.
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