Queen missed ‘golden moment’ with Covid vaccine as expert notices ‘something odd’

Queen’s ‘personal decision’ on vaccine discussed by expert

Buckingham Palace, which rarely comments on the private health matters of the royals, announced at the weekend that the 94-year-old head of state and her husband, 99, had been given the injection. It is understood the Queen decided the information should be made public to prevent inaccuracies and further speculation. A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have today received Covid-19 vaccinations.”

But commentator Bevan Shields said it was “weird” how the royals did not reveal which vaccine they received, especially after latest jab, from US biotech firm Moderna, was given the green light by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency last week.

It will be joining the vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca which are already being used in the UK.

Mr Shields wrote on Twitter: “Huh? Weird. There’s something odd about how news of the Queen’s first vaccine jab was handled.

“No pictures, strange background briefings. A golden moment to instil confidence missed.”

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Royal Editor for The Daily Mirror Russell Myers added the Queen is likely to keep which vaccine type she will receive for her second jab under wraps too.

He added: “I agree it could have been handled far better.

“Missed opportunity to squash so many crazed theories about covid.

“The decision to not publicise the second jab is to not reveal which one she had, so individuals don’t begin to request a certain one, ie: take the first available. “

It is not known which vaccine the Queen and duke were given but it is likely they will receive their second dose up to 12 weeks later.

A royal source confirmed the injections were administered by a household doctor at Windsor Castle.

A royal source told the Mirror: “The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh received their Covid-19 vaccinations when they were made available to them on the NHS.

“They were clear from the offset on the announcement of the vaccination programme that they would wait their turn and be willing to accept any vaccine offered to them on the advice of their doctors.

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“The Queen believes it is important for everyone to do their bit in defeating the virus.

“She chose to make it known she had accepted the vaccine and she will receive her second inoculation in the next 12 weeks.”

It comes as over in America, key public figures have been photographed while being vaccinated.

President-elect Joe Biden appeared on live television when he received a dose in December.

The Queen and Philip have been spending lockdown sheltering at their Windsor Castle home.

They had a quiet Christmas at the Berkshire residence after deciding to forgo the traditional royal family gathering at Sandringham.

During the first wave last year, The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge both contracted coronavirus during the first wave of the pandemic.

Charles was described as having mild symptoms and lost his sense of taste and smell for a period.

But it was reported his son William was hit “pretty hard” by the virus.

On a visit to a vaccination centre at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital before Christmas, Charles said he is “way down the list” for an inoculation.

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