“To avoid any accusations of favouritism…”
Several countries plan to start rolling out COVID-19 vaccines in the next few months, and according to new reports, the queen will allegedly receive the vaccine in due course.
According to The Sunday Times, the queen and her husband “will receive the jab in line with the [U.K.] government’s roll-out, which begins on Tuesday.” The publication continued, “The first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will be given to elderly care home residents and their carers, followed by anyone else over 80 and frontline health” workers.
Royal aides told The Sunday Times that whether or not Queen Elizabeth II gets the vaccine is a “personal decision,” and a “private matter.” However, a source also appeared to reveal to the newspaper that the monarch would “let it be known” once she had been administered the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Mail on Sunday similarly reported that the queen and Prince Philip were planning to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but would “wait in line” and “not get preferential treatment,” especially as “the first wave of injections” remain “reserved for the over-80s and care home residents.” The tabloid also reported, “To avoid any accusations of favouritism, senior members of the Royal Family will be offered the vaccine at the same time as others in their age groups.”
It was recently confirmed by Buckingham Palace that the queen will not be hosting her annual Christmas celebration at Sandringham this year, on account of the continuing coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the monarch is set to remain at Windsor Castle with Prince Philip.