COVID-19: Prince Charles and Camilla receive their first coronavirus vaccine doses
Written by Hitmix News on 10 February 2021
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla have been given their first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, Clarence House has said.
The Prince of Wales, 72, and Duchess of Cornwall, 73, are within the fourth priority group for the vaccine due to their age.
It is not known which vaccine they were given or where it was administered.
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Image: Prince Charles contracted coronavirus last year
They are among the more than 12 million people to have received their first doses of a vaccine in the UK so far.
It was revealed last month the Queen and Prince Philip also had their vaccinations, with the doses administered by a royal household doctor at Windsor Castle.
The Queen had decided to take the unusual step of disclosing information about their health to prevent inaccuracies and speculation, it is understood.
Prince Charles contracted coronavirus during the first wave of the pandemic, but was said to have only suffered mild symptoms including losing his sense of taste and smell.
His son, Prince William, also caught COVID-19 and was hit “pretty hard” by the virus.
The Prince of Wales previously said he would “absolutely” take the vaccine when given it, and recently told CNN that vaccination was “critical” to ending the crisis.
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During a visit to a vaccination centre before Christmas, he said he was “way down the list” for receiving the vaccine and also had antibodies left over from the infection.
The prince had also talked about the importance of BAME NHS staff being among the first to get their injections.
The top four priority groups for the vaccine include all those over 70, health and social care workers, care home residents, their carers and people deemed to be clinically extremely vulnerable to the virus.
Under government plans, all four priority groups are set to have been offered their first dose of a vaccine by 15 February.
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