On January 9th Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, her husband, joined over 1.3 million people in Britain in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The couple was given the vaccine in Windsor Palace, although in a statement released by the palace it did not indicate which one of the three COVID-19 vaccines available was given to them.
Currently, the three vaccines that are available to the public are Pfizer-BioNTech, a vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, as well as Moderna’s vaccines which were the most recent to be approved.
The Queen decided to make her vaccination public as a way to prevent any speculations or conspiracies. Currently in Britain, priority for the COVID-19 vaccination has been given to those who are over 80, first responders, and those who live in nursing homes.
Health officials in the United Kingdom are battling a new COVID variant which is spreading across the nation quickly. This caused many cities to go under lockdown again as daily case numbers rose. Many hospitals are reaching maximum capacity.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Twitter that even if there is a rollout of vaccines, people still need to remain at home to protect others and save lives.
London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, announced in statement, “We are declaring a major incident because the threat this virus poses to our city is at crisis point…If we do not take immediate action now, our [National Health Service] could be overwhelmed and more people will die.”
It is up to the public to follow health guidelines and stay at home in order to decrease the number of cases, as well to prevent the loss of any more lives.