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Queen intervenes in vaccine rollout to encourage Britons to get jabbed

Added 02-26-21 03:36:03am EST - “In a video call with NHS officials in charge of the rollout across the UK, the monarch encouraged those with doubts to 'think about other people rather than themselves'.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Queen intervenes in vaccine rollout to encourage Britons to get jabbed”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Queen has made a historic intervention in the coronavirus vaccination drive, suggesting it is selfish not to have the jab.

In a video call with NHS officials in charge of the rollout, she encouraged those with doubts to 'think about other people rather than themselves'.

The 94-year-old monarch said her jab last month 'didn't hurt at all' and had made her 'feel protected'. Likening Covid to a plague, she said it was remarkable how quickly the inoculation programme had been put into action, helping 'so many people'.

A senior royal source said: 'It is a passionately held belief that people need to get out there [and get vaccinated] – this is important.'

It is highly unusual for the sovereign to take such a firm public stand on contentious issues and her remarks will be seen as a victory for efforts to increase take-up. An NHS vaccine chief said it was an 'incredibly important vote of confidence' in the programme. 

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