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COVID-19: Prince William gets first vaccine dose and thanks health workers for ‘everything you’ve done’

Written by on 20 May 2021

Prince William has received his first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and thanked those involved in the UK’s rollout “for everything you’ve done and continue to do”.

The Duke of Cambridge shared an image on Twitter this morning of the moment he received the jab yesterday.

William, who is 38 and the second in-line to the throne, has received his first dose after the UK-wide vaccine rollout was expanded to people in their 30s last week.

It is not clear whether his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, who is 39, has received her first vaccine dose yet.

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William’s grandmother, The Queen, and his late grandfather, Prince Philip, received their first doses in January.

And his father, Prince Charles, 72, received his first dose in February along with wife Camilla, 73.

William fell ill with coronavirus in April 2020, shortly after Charles tested positive on 26 March.

The Duke of Cambridge did not publicly confirm that he had the virus, but according to reports he told one observer at an engagement: “There were important things going on and I didn’t want to worry anyone.”

He was treated by palace doctors and followed government guidelines by isolating at the family home Anmer Hall, in Norfolk.

The UK’s vaccine rollout has been extended for the second time this week as people aged 34 and 35 in England will now be offered a jab.

NHS England has confirmed the million-plus people aged 34 and 35 will receive a text message on 20 May or 21 May asking them to book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

People in their early thirties could get the chance to be vaccinated “over the next few days and week”, NHS England said.