A message about vaccinations was sent by 94-year-old Queen Elizabeth, who last month received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, encouraging people to follow her example.
As she said, she did not hurt and those who are cautious should think of others.
Elizabeth and her 99-year-old husband Philip, who is currently being treated for non-COVID-19 related reasons, received their first vaccinations from a palace doctor at the Queen's residence at Windsor Castle. vaccinated as a matter of priority.
“Once you have the vaccine, you have a feeling that, you know, you are protected which I think is very important and from what I realized it was completely harmless,” the queen said in a teleconference with health officials overseeing the immunization of all four. regions that make up the United Kingdom.
“It was very fast and I have received many letters from people who were surprised by how easy it was to get the vaccine. “And the injection did not hurt at all,” he added, likening the virus to a scourge.
More than 18.6 million Britons have already received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and celebrities such as singer Elton John and actor Michael Kane are taking part in campaigns to encourage people to get the vaccine.
The British Minister for Vaccination said that this week between 11% and 15% of citizens were hesitant about the vaccine, especially people in ethnic minorities, amid conspiracy theories about vaccinations.
“It is obviously difficult for people if they have never been vaccinated, because they have to think of other than themselves,” said the queen, who described Britain's vaccination program as “great”, one of the fastest in the world.
Other members of the royal family, including Prince Charles's heir to the throne and Prince William's son, have been visiting vaccination centers for the past 15 days to thank staff and volunteers for their work.
At the same time, however, there are concerns about the health of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who was admitted to hospital last week and has since stayed there for nine nights receiving medical treatment for an infection for which he has not been given other clarifications.
The palace has said that Filippos, who turns 100 in June, is in good condition and responding to treatment, but will probably remain in hospital for several days.