Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday urged those wary of receiving the vaccine to “think about other people” and said that her coronavirus jab “didn’t hurt at all”.
"Once you have had the vaccine, you have the feeling you are protected, which I think is very important. As far as I can make out, it (getting the dose) was very harmless. It was very quick, and I've had lots of letters from people who have been very surprised by how easy it was to get the vaccine. And the jab -- it didn't hurt at all," the Queen said in a video call with health officials leading the Covid-19 vaccine rollout in the United Kingdom.
The 94-year-old monarch, who was vaccinated along with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip in January, said that people must get vaccinated thinking about other people rather than about themselves.
I think it is obviously difficult for people if they've never had a vaccine; they ought to think about other people rather than themselves... It's not here we have got the virus, we have got it everywhere -- it's a strange battle that everybody is fighting," the Queen added.
The Queen was meeting with the four senior officers overseeing the vaccine rollout in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Nearly 19 million people in the UK have received at least one dose of the vaccine, in one of the world's fastest rollouts.
The UK has recorded more than 4 million cases of Covid-19 and 122,303 deaths