Duke of Cambridge gets first dose of Covid vaccine

20 May 2021, 08:15 | Updated: 20 May 2021, 10:15

Prince William has received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine
Prince William has received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Picture: Kensington Royal Twitter
Ewan Quayle

By Ewan Quayle

Prince William has received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, the Cambridge's have announced.

The Duke, 38, was photographed being injected on Tuesday by NHS staff at London's Science Museum where Health Secretary Matt Hancock was also inoculated.

A message from the 38-year-old on the Kensington Palace Twitter account said: "On Tuesday I received my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

"To all those working on the vaccine rollout - thank you for everything you've done and continue to do."

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It was accompanied by a picture of the masked duke with his sleeve rolled up and a needle in his arm.

William, who is left-handed, is pictured receiving his jab in his right arm after rolling up the sleeve of his top.

William is the latest member of the royal family to make public their decision to have the vaccine and he follows in the footsteps of the Queen and Prince of Wales.

It is understood he received the vaccine that was available at the centre - it is not known which one he was given or if Kate, 39, has received her first vaccination.

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The museum reopened on Wednesday with its new Covid-19 exhibition, displaying empty vaccine vials from some of the first Covid injections in the world and the famous 'Stay at Home > Protect the NHS > Save Lives' signage used at Downing Street press conferences during the first lockdown.

A new exhibition exploring the global effort to develop vaccines during a pandemic will also open simultaneously in the UK, India and China in 2022, the museum announced.