Queen Elizabeth Has Received Her Second Dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine

Queen Elizabeth is now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, reportedly receiving the second dose of the vaccine before her first public appearance of 2021.

Queen Elizabeth has received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, People (opens in new tab) reported (opens in new tab) on Thursday. The Queen and husband Prince Philip received the first dose in January, Buckingham Palace confirmed at the time, with the monarch reportedly receiving her second dose at some point before her first public appearance of 2021 earlier this week. It is not yet known whether Prince Philip, who recently underwent heart surgery (opens in new tab), has received the second dose of the vaccine.

The Queen visited the CWGC Air Forces Memorial in Surrey on Wednesday, to celebrate the Centenary of the Royal Australian Air Force. The 94-year-old monarch did not wear a face mask, but the ceremony was socially distanced, People (opens in new tab) reports (opens in new tab)U.K. government guidelines (opens in new tab) do not require face coverings to be worn outdoors.

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The Queen encouraged others to get vaccinated during a video call with U.K. health officials in February, as Sky News reports (opens in new tab). "Once you've had the vaccine you have a feeling of, you know, you're protected, which is I think very important," she said. "As far as I could make out it was quite 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."

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Emily Dixon is a British journalist who’s contributed to CNN, Teen Vogue, Time, Glamour, The Guardian, Wonderland, The Big Roundtable, Bust, and more, on everything from mental health to fashion to political activism to feminist zine collectives. She’s also a committed Beyoncé, Kacey Musgraves, and Tracee Ellis Ross fan, an enthusiastic but terrible ballet dancer, and a proud Geordie lass.