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Queen Elizabeth in queue for vaccine

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Queen Elizabeth in queue for vaccine

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The UK's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip will not get preferential treatment, but will instead "wait in line" during the first wave of the Covid-19 vaccines reserved for the over-80s and care home residents, a media report said citing sources

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London: The UK's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip will not get preferential treatment, but will instead "wait in line" during the first wave of the Covid-19 vaccines reserved for the over-80s and care home residents, a media report said citing sources.

The Daily Mail report came after the UK on December 2 approved the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on independent advice of its medicines regulator.

The vaccine will be made available across the UK from next week. Care home residents, health and care staff, the elderly and the clinically extremely vulnerable will receive the vaccine on priority basis. Operation Courageous, the country's biggest ever mass vaccination programme, will swing into action on Tuesday with most of the 50 hospitals that have received the vaccine by then giving injections.

The sources told the Daily Mail that the Queen, 94, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, will be eligible for the vaccine within weeks and "have already accepted the offer on the advice of their doctors".

"Public health experts believe that if the couple go public about the jab, it could go a long way to combating misinformation spread by conspiracy theorists which, it is feared, could lead to a substantial proportion of the population refusing the vaccine," the newspaper report said.

According to the Daily Mail, discussions were also underway about the potential roles that could be played by Prince Charles and Prince William in publicising the vaccination programme.

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