Kate Middleton received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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"I am enormously grateful to all who are participating in the vaccination program: thank you for all that you are doing," communicated the Duchess of Cambridge. Prince William was inoculated ten days ago.

Kate Middleton confirmed this Saturday that she received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and paid tribute to all those who participated in the rollout of the inoculation program in the United Kingdom.

The 39-year-old Duchess of Cambridge reported that she had received the vaccine at the Science Museum, a prominent tourist attraction not far from her home in Kensington Palace, west London.

Yesterday, I received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Science Museum in London, "she said on her Twitter account as she shared a picture of her injection with her husband, Prince William. "For everyone who participates in the vaccination program: thank you for what you are doing," he added.

William, 38, said last week that he had received a first dose of the vaccine.

Prince William also received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (Credit: KensingtonRoyal / Kensington Palace)

The London Science Museum offers both the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, as confirmed by the British National Health Service. Kensington Palace has not officially revealed which vaccine has been administered to the royal couple.

For her part, Queen Elizabeth was vaccinated for the first time in January and has encouraged others to get vaccinated, saying it is quick and painless.

The UK currently offers the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone aged 30 and over, having given 38.6 million people (out of a population of 66.5 million) a first dose and 24 million (45 % of adults) both necessary.

In addition, the UK approved Johnson's (Johnson & Johnson) single-dose coronavirus vaccine on Friday, adding a fourth serum to its arsenal in the fight against infectious diseases, along with Phaser, AstraZeneca, and Modern.

This has further strengthened the UK's successful vaccination program, which has already saved more than 13,000 lives, meaning that we now have four safe and effective vaccines approved to fight the deadly virus. 

On Friday, the Minister of Health, Matt Hancock.

People wait in front of De Montfort Hall to receive the vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Leicester, United Kingdom, on May 27, 2021. REUTERS / Andrew Boyers

The worst-hit country in Europe, with almost 128,000 confirmed deaths from covid-19, the United Kingdom was also the first Western nation to launch a mass vaccination campaign on December 8.

The government aims to provide the first dose to all adults by the end of July. However, given the emergence of the more contagious Indian variant of the coronavirus, the health authorities decided to reduce the interval between the two doses of Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Moderna, from 12 to 8 weeks, to obtain better protection against the coronavirus. The advantage of the vaccine developed by the American pharmaceutical company Janssen-Cilag is that you only need to inject one dose.