London: British naturalist David Attenborough, 94, has received a vaccination against Covid-19, his spokesman said on Tuesday, the latest well-known British figure to have received a shot as a mass inoculation programme is rolled out.
Attenborough, the world’s most influential wildlife broadcaster, joins Britain’s other most-famous nonagenarians, Queen Elizabeth and her husband Philip, in having the vaccine.
The royal pair were vaccinated on Saturday.
With a highly transmissible new variant of the virus surging across Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has shuttered the economy and is rushing out vaccines in a bid to stem the spread of the pandemic.
The government plans to vaccinate the elderly, the vulnerable and frontline workers - around 15 million people - by mid-February, to ease a new strict lockdown imposed after a spike in cases to daily records.