94-year-old Queen Elizabeth urges everyone to stop being so selfish and just get the vaccine
Queen Elizabeth has received the COVID-19 vaccine, and she isn’t here for any of your anti-vax b.s., OK? In her first public speech about the matter, she encouraged others to also get their COVID-19 vaccines. Because the sooner we all get it, the sooner we have herd immunity, and herd immunity means getting our lives back.
The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, received their vaccines over a week ago at Windsor Castle, where they’ve been residing throughout the pandemic. Their ages put them in a priority group to receive it as part of Britain’s vaccine rollout.
“Keep up the good work.”
The Queen praised the speed and efficiency of the vaccine rollout across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with over 18 million people having now received their first dose. pic.twitter.com/opai29eBxD
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) February 26, 2021
“Once you’ve had a vaccine you have a feeling of, you’re protected, which is, I think, very important and, as far as I could make out, it was quite harmless,” the queen said in a video call with U.K. health officials in charge of vaccine delivery.
The Queen has spoken to health officials leading the deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine across the four nations of the UK.
Her Majesty heard about the vital importance of ensuring all communities have access to the vaccine, and shared her own experience. pic.twitter.com/Cululfsh4y
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) February 25, 2021
“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,” she said. “And the jab – it didn’t hurt at all.”
The Queen also mentioned that she understands getting the “jab” (don’t you just absolutely love this British slang for “shot?”) can be a “difficult” experience for some people. Regardless, she urged everyone to “think about other people rather than themselves.”
Though she’s a British monarch, Queen Elizabeth’s message is universal: don’t be a selfish twat and just get the vaccine. We need everyone to get the vaccine. So do it. THINK OF OTHERS, DAMN IT.
In the U.S., anti-vaxxers make it seem like a lot of people are more afraid of the vaccine than they are of COVID-19, which is just crazy talk. So much so, in fact, that Facebook and Instagram recently put forth major efforts to combat anti-vax propaganda.
“We know that parents often turn to social media to access health information and connect with other parents, and it can be difficult to determine what is accurate and who the credible sources of information are,” CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said in a statement. Combating “vaccine myths and misinformation is a shared responsibility and we applaud these efforts,” she added.
In addition to Queen Elizabeth, other world leaders have used their platform to show the importance of getting the vaccine. President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Dr. Fauci have all received their vaccine doses in public on live television to show a.) that it’s just a little “jab,” and b.) that it’s going to save millions of lives and that it’s safe.
Prince Charles, who was was diagnosed with COVID-19 last spring, and Camilla also received their first round of the vaccine this month. The royal family is covered — now it’s our turn to do our part and make sure all families are kept safe by getting the vaccine.