The Duke of Cambridge has warned that social media is “awash with rumours and misinformation” about coronavirus vaccines as he sought to bolster his grandmother’s message of support for the jab.
He said that vaccinations were “really, really important” and highlighted the need to keep the take-up high among younger generations.
The Duke and Duchess took part in a video call with two clinically vulnerable women who have been shielding with their families since last March, the latest in a string of royal engagements focused on the vaccine campaign.
Last week, the Queen made a rare personal comment on the nationwide rollout, suggesting that those who refuse the vaccine “ought to think about other people rather than themselves”.
Her Majesty, 94, said it was important that people were “protected” by the vaccine, revealing that hers was “very quick” and “didn’t hurt at all.”
The Royal Family’s engagement with the programme comes after the Queen declared last March, just before the first lockdown: “You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part.”
The Duke and Duchess were chatting to Shivali Modha, 39, who has type 2 diabetes, and Fiona Doyle, 37, who has severe asthma, both of whom are now eligible for the vaccine as part of Priority Group 6.