Britain's Prince Charles gets Covid-19 jab

LONDON (AFP) – Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son and heir Prince Charles, who contracted Covid-19 last year, has received a first vaccine dose, his office said on Wednesday (Feb 10).

The 72-year-old Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, 73, both received the shot as health authorities urged those over the age of 70 to get a jab.

Britain, which was the first Western nation to roll out Covid jabs in the general population, is banking on its biggest ever vaccination programme as a way out of a pandemic that has killed more than 113,000 people in the country.

Some 12.5 million people have so far been inoculated using either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Oxford/AstraZeneca shots.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government has set a target to vaccinate the most vulnerable and at-risk groups by the coming Monday.

Over-70s are the last cohort in that group of 15 million people to be vaccinated under the plan.

The Queen, 94, and her 99-year-old husband, Prince Philip, received their Covid vaccine last month.

The unusual move to publicise the inoculations – royal officials rarely comment on private health matters concerning the head of state – came as those over 80 were given the vaccine.

The state-run National Health Service meanwhile on Wednesday released an advertisement starring pop icon Elton John and the Oscar-winning actor Michael Caine urging the public to get vaccinated.

The tongue-in-cheek advert shows Caine, 87, and John, 73, appearing in a mock audition at London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

“My name is Michael Caine,” says the actor, rolling up his sleeve. “I’ve just had a vaccine for Covid. It didn’t hurt a bit. Not many people know that.”

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