Prince William has talked about how he is filled with ‘pride’ at the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh receiving their COVID-19 vaccines, as the Duke of Cambridge paid tribute to all the frontline workers doing everything they can to administer the injections all over the UK.
Prince William commented this about his grandparents after he was told some medics have met people with “vaccine hesitancy” in certain communities during the roll-out.
In a video call that happened on Thursday, the Prince hailed the NHS workers, revealing the efforts and feats done in order to give millions across the UK the lifesaving injection.
The Duke said: “I want to say a huge congratulations to everyone involved in the vaccination programme because it looks tremendous, it really does.
“I know what a massive difference it is going to make to everyone. It is also worth pointing out I think that this isn’t something that happens really easily and that everyone has access to around the world.
“This is because we have a world-leading NHS and we have the right people, research and development here.”
Dr Nikki Kanani, Medical Director of Primary Care for NHS England and NHS Improvement and a GP in south-east London, described how important it is for patients to get appointments and get the shot.
She said: “Everyone on the frontline, volunteers and NHS staff have all pulled together and worked so tremendously hard to ensure the vaccine rollout is a success, and it is fantastic that the Duke of Cambridge has taken the time to boost morale for all those across the UK who are so integral to this effort.
“We need to continue to be vigilant and ask that everybody abides by the restrictions in the coming weeks, and whether you have had a vaccine or not, please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives – that means staying at home as much as you can, and following the ‘hands, face, space’ guidance when you can’t.”
William said: “My grandparents have had the vaccine and I am very proud of them for doing that. It is really important that everyone gets the vaccine when they are told to.”
The Queen, 94, and her husband Prince Philip, 99, got their COVID-19 vaccinations at their home at Windsor Castle last Saturday, as it was confirmed by Buckingham Palace in a rare health update about the monarch.
This roll-out, which is the largest vaccinations undertaking in British history, with over 3 million vaccines being already administered across the UK to the most vulnerable and those who take care after them.
NHS England managed to open the first seven large Vaccination Centres this week, whose goal will be to give access to the COVID Vaccine for free to those most at risk, regardless of where they live.
This virtual engagement for William comes after he and his wife Kate spoke with emergency responders and counsellors on Wednesday, during which the royals urged frontline workers to reach out for help with their mental health during and after these trying times.