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Fit for a queen: Elizabeth II tells UK health leaders vaccine “quite harmless” 

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Posted: Saturday, February 27, 2021. 12:46 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Head of the Commonwealth and the United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth II, 94, is urging citizens and subjects to get a COVID-19 vaccine when offered, assuring that “it didn’t hurt at all” when she and husband the Duke of Edinburgh were vaccinated in January, according to the BBC. 

Asked during a video call with health leaders delivering the Covid vaccine across the UK about her experience, she explained: “Well, as far as I can make out it was quite harmless. It was very quick, and I’ve had lots of letters from people who’ve been very surprised by how easy it was to get the vaccine.” She added that she has since felt protected, and noted that she understood that getting a jab could be a “difficult” experience for some people. Nonetheless, she urged everyone to “think about other people rather than themselves”. 

UK vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi has said figures suggested 11-15% of people were vaccine-hesitant, with data skewed toward some black and ethnic minority communities. Some studies have also found disparities between poorer and wealthier areas. 

Dr. Emily Lawson, who is leading the vaccine deployment program for the NHS [National Health Service] in England, said the Queen’s comments about her vaccine experience were an “incredibly important vote of confidence in the program”. 

The Queen also commended the speed of the UK’s vaccination rollout as “remarkable” so far and told those in charge across the home nations, “Keep up the good work.” 

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