Coronavirus: Britain’s Prince William receives first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

LONDON — Prince William is the latest member of the British royal family to roll up his sleeve to promote COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

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According to The Associated Press, the 38-year-old Duke of Cambridge, who is second in line to the throne, tweeted Thursday that he received his first coronavirus vaccine shot earlier this week.

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“On Tuesday, I received my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine,” he captioned a photo of the moment. “To all those working on the vaccine rollout – thank you for everything you’ve done and continue to do.”

The news comes more than a year after the prince contracted COVID-19 in April 2020, shortly after his father, Prince Charles, tested positive for the disease, according to Reuters. Charles, 72, and Queen Elizabeth II, 95, received their vaccine jabs earlier this year, the news agency reported.

According to the U.K. government website, more than 70% of adults there have received at least one shot, while nearly 40% are fully vaccinated. All three vaccines approved in the country – Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Moderna – require two doses.

Prince William did not disclose which vaccine he received.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.