Crown Princes Mohammad bin Salman, 35, has received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This was part of a national immunisation plan organised by the Ministry of Health.
The Saudi Press Agency released a photo of the Crown Prince receiving the vaccine in Riyadh, no doubt as a way of encouraging the Saudi people to get the jab, as well. It was also recorded and broadcast live.
Crown Prince Mohammad (also called MBS) will receive his second dose at a later date. He received the first dose on Christmas morning.
Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, the Minister of Health, thanked the future monarch for receiving the vaccine and his work in getting the vaccine to the country. According to Arab News, over 500,000 Saudis have already registered to receive the jab since they began giving shots last Tuesday.
It is thought that the Crown Prince is the first royal to receive the vaccine. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are in the first group to receive the shot in the UK. Buckingham Palace has said they will reveal when The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have received the vaccine, but they have not said when that will be.