Will Queen Elizabeth take a coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available?

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits the Energetics Analysis Centre at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) at Porton Down science park near Salisbury, southern England, on October 15, 2020. - The Queen and the Duke of Cambridge visited the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) where they were to view displays of weaponry and tactics used in counter intelligence, a demonstration of a Forensic Explosives Investigation and meet staff who were involved in the Salisbury Novichok incident. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness also formally opened the new Energetics Analysis Centre.

During the VP debate and Joe Biden’s recent townhall, the most interesting parts were about the pandemic and the Biden-Harris plans around the coronavirus. We’ve spent the better part of 2020 trying and failing to convince an orange idiot to do the bare f–king minimum regarding public safety, so it was refreshing to be able to hear from both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris about what they’re going to do about vaccines, masks, social distancing and more. Biden left room to maneuver about the vaccines, basically saying that he doesn’t trust anything from the Trump administration, so if there was some Trump-branded vaccine, he wouldn’t take it. But he also said that, of course, if the science was right, he’ll take a vaccine and encourage everyone else to take it. If Biden wins, this will be the next big conversation in public safety: getting an effective vaccine, mass-producing an effective vaccine, and getting as many people to take the vaccine as possible.

This won’t just be an American thing. Once the vaccines start coming out, countries around the world will be dealing with mass-production issues, availability issues, efficacy issues and convincing their populations to take the vaccine. In Britain, they’re trying to plan ahead. They might use the Queen to convince people to get a vaccine. Good luck with that!!

The Queen could be called on to help boost the public’s trust in a coronavirus vaccine, a Government adviser has suggested. Vaccine misinformation expert Professor Heidi Larson said she feared that people’s concerns about vaccine safety were not being addressed, which could result in them not taking it. It comes as scientists warned that a working Covid-19 vaccine ‘might not be enough’ to end the pandemic unless governments and technology firms tackle coronavirus misinformation.

In an interview with The Times, Prof Larson, who leads the Vaccine Confidence Project, said the palace would have to weigh the risks of using a new vaccine on the Queen. The government adviser believes it would be a ‘smart’ move as the Queen could help build trust in the vaccine in the older generation.

She said: ‘If there’s one thing I’ve seen, and I’ve been here (in the UK) for over a decade now, it’s the trust that she (the Queen) gets. And she’s certainly in that older cohort, so I think that’s actually really, really smart.’

Prof Larson said the ‘big question’ would be whether the Queen, who is aged 94, would get a vaccine. ‘I think the palace is going to have to decide for themselves – do you want to risk a new vaccine on the Queen? Or do you want to keep her isolated? They’re going to have to weigh those risks,’ she added. Prof Larson said while she would not want to put the Queen ‘in a spot’, the monarch was an ‘important voice’.

[From The Daily Mail]

I think it would be great for British public health and safety for every member of the royal family to take a vaccine and publicize that fact – perhaps even get Will and Kate to go on camera as they get their shots. But because that’s such a good idea and such a no-brainer for public health, you know they won’t do it. They’ll say it’s “too political” or that the Queen can’t be partial about such a controversial topic. I say this because apparently, WEARING A MASK is apparently too controversial for the Queen. Social distancing is apparently too political. How else do you explain that reprehensible no-mask-anywhere event last week?

(This also had me wondering: does anyone know if the Queen gets an annual flu shot? Even if she does, they never publicize it. Which sucks because, as Professor Larson says, the Queen could influence a lot of seniors to get their annual flu shots. Apparently, saving lives and encouraging public health is too political, too controversial.)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II speaks with staff during a visit to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) at Porton Down science park near Salisbury, southern England, on October 15, 2020. - The Queen and the Duke of Cambridge visited the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) where they were to view displays of weaponry and tactics used in counter intelligence, a demonstration of a Forensic Explosives Investigation and meet staff who were involved in the Salisbury Novichok incident. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness also formally opened the new Energetics Analysis Centre.

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  1. Sarah says:

    Can a royal history buff help me out here please, isn’t there an example of a European royal being vaccinated for something in the really early days of vaccination to encourage general uptake? I want to say smallpox or something.

    Come on Liz, here’s where you can ACTUALLY do something useful for the country.

  2. RoyalBlue says:

    Her publicizing getting an annual flu shot is such a good idea to encourage the vulnerable to get it. Petty probably doesn’t get it because she only mixes with the hoi poloi and has instant access to the best medical facilities and treatment money can buy.

  3. Dalloway says:

    All UK pharmacies have suspended appointments for flu shots because they ran out this year due to demand!

    You can only get it through NHS if you’re high risk. I get the flu shot every year and I’m preparing to basically not leave my house all winter.

    • Sarah says:

      My boyfriends best friend is a trained nurse, has done various hospital jobs, an internship with the WHO and now lives in Denmark. He keeps ranting at their group chat that we all need the flu shot this year. We’re all in our 40′s with no underlying health conditions. So yeah, I respect the place from which he’s advising us but that comes up hard against the reality of supply and demand in the UK this year!

      • Dalloway says:

        100%! At my work, they always encourage us to get it and reimburse us the £12 charge, but I finally said in a management meeting last week “You know there are no private flu jabs at any pharmacy right?? We cannot get the flu jab.” and things went quiet.

    • LittlePenguin says:

      Wow, I can’t believe that they don’t have enough influenza shots! We are just starting our public campaign here this week. I am sure this will be the situation in many places, I just didn’t expect it so early! (appts booked for the family Thursday, hubby got his at work last week since he is a physician)

  4. Coji says:

    I wouldn’t judge a 94 year old for not getting a covid vaccine. There have been some pretty serious side effects reported with clinical trials. You hope that they’d not clear a vaccine until most of that is figured out but there’s such an urgency I worry about cutting corners. I’m a huge proponent of vaccination in general – and even submitted to be a volunteer covid vaccine tester (my work place is involved with a vaccine trial) but I’m not sure it would be appropriate for a very geriatric patient. It would be shitty publicity if she were to get a vaccine and then die any time in the next year or so because regardless of cause of death people would blame the vaccine.

  5. Oh says:

    Does the RF get vaccinated in the first place? Or do they consider themselves that they’re above the “commoners” and cannot be infected with viruses?

    • Julia K. says:

      Interesting comment. I do believe I read years ago that the RF is big for natural and holistic medicine. Will need to look this up.