LONDON – Queen Elizabeth II will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine within a week, it was announced on Sunday that the largest vaccination program in UK history will begin next week.
The monarch, who is 94 years old, and her 99-year-old husband, Prince Philip, are due to age and will not receive preferential treatment due to their age, as they are on the verge of giving birth, several newspapers reported.
The elderly in the kingdom will “know” that they have been given inoculations “as a powerful anti-vaccine movement,” the Sunday Times newspaper reported.
Sunday’s Level added that they hope to “encourage more people to join the essential jab”.
Queen has isolated a lot of pandemics from Windsor because of her age, and this year she will be abandoning her traditional family Christmas at her Sandringham property in the east of England, along with other families.
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said he did not want to comment on vaccination reports, saying “medical decisions are made personally.”
Britain was the first country in the world to accept the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Wednesday, and health officials have already prepared criteria based on age and vulnerability to decide who will receive it first.
‘UP TO THE CHALLENGE’
The UK has pre-ordered a total of 40 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and plans to receive an initial batch of € 800,000 to begin expansion on Tuesday.
Residents caring for the elderly and their caregivers will be on the front line, followed by those aged 80 and over and primary health and care staff.
Other older and clinically very weak will be next, with the rest of the population prioritizing age.
The first doses have been taken to the UK from the Pfizer plant in Belgium this week and will begin arriving at international “hospital centers” by Monday.
Among the first to be inoculated will be the elderly patients who are already going to the hospital as outpatients, those who are discharged at home and other guests.
Efforts are a major obstacle, as this vaccine must be stored at -70 C.
However, it can be kept for a maximum of five days at temperatures between 2 and 8 C.
“Despite the high complexity, hospitals will launch the first phase of the largest vaccination campaign in our country’s history from Tuesday,” said Stephen Powis, national medical director of the National Health Service (NHS).
“Workers will once again face the challenge of protecting the most vulnerable people from this horrific disease,” he added, stressing that the NHS has a “strong track record” in providing vaccines.
UK regulators were forced to defend their first global approval, stressing that it complied with all safety regulations, after US and European officials asked for a speedy process.
The Sunday Mirror highlighted in the UK that some of the characters had publicly pledged to take the vaccine in an attempt to opt for the vaccine.
Monty Python star Michael Palin, 77, 69-year-old Bob Geldof and rocker Ronnie Wood, 73, among others, said the tabloids.
“I will take it completely and humanely as soon as possible,” Geldof said.
Meanwhile, they have reported plans to step up the implementation of the complications created by the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December.
The observer said ministers have made emergency plans to bring millions of doses to British ports in the UK with military aircraft.
“We will do it if necessary,” a health department spokesman told the newspaper.