The secret the Queen won't share about her coronavirus vaccine

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The Queen and Prince Philip have had their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, but which coronavirus vaccine did the queen have?

After a year of cancelling royal duties (opens in new tab) and having to lockdown (opens in new tab), there is finally some hopeful news for the Royal family. The Queen 94 and Prince Philip 99, announced they have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine (opens in new tab) in an unusual public statement. But which coronavirus vaccine did the Queen have?

Which coronavirus vaccine did the Queen have?

The Queen and Prince Philip could have been given the Pfizer vaccine (opens in new tab) or the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine (opens in new tab) but they aren't going to tell us.

Buckingham Palace has decided to keep this information secret in an effort to stop speculation and avoid any bias toward the vaccines.

The Queen wants the British public to accept whichever vaccine is available to them and not feel a partiality to one.

The Queen Prince Philip

The Queen and Prince Philip have received their covid-19 vaccines

A source told the Mirror, “It is the Queen’s sincere and hopeful wish that everyone does their bit to assist the heroic actions of our frontline NHS workers and that the country is able to return to normal as soon as possible.”

The Palace is also not releasing when the second dose of the vaccine will happen, as this may allude to which one they have been given.

In a statement on the 30th of December, four UK Chief Medical Officers announced the second dose should be given toward the end of 12 weeks. This contradicts the previously advised 3 - 4 weeks. Pfizer and BioNTech have both said there is no data supporting this new timeline. The Oxford/ AstraZeneca trials do however support this new window.  

The Queen and Prince Philip join the many already vaccinating against Covid-19 and give us hope that the end may be in sight.

As she said in her poignant Christmas speech “Even on the darkest nights there is hope in the new dawn.”

Naomi Jamieson
Naomi Jamieson

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard Diploma in Journalism from the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, fashion, and entertainment for Goodto.com and My Imperfect Life.