Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia have become the latest royals to receive the vaccine against the coronavirus. The Serbian Crown Prince Couple received their second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday. The vaccination took place at a private health facility in New York, USA, where the royals are currently residing.
Their Royal Highnesses appealed to all Serbian citizens to be responsible, to continue to comply with epidemiological measures, and to act according to the Ministry of Health’s recommendations.
On the occasion of vaccination, the Crown Prince released the following statement: “My wife and I received a new dose of the Coronavirus vaccine in New York today, from the Moderna Company. We encourage all citizens to take responsibility, to continue to respect epidemiological measures and to act in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s recommendations. Have a good time and take care of yourself.”
Several European royals have received the vaccine against the virus over the past few weeks. The King and Queen of Norway, the King and Queen of Sweden, the Queen of Denmark, Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Custodian of the Crown of Romania and Prince Radu of Romania have now received the vaccine.
The pandemic in Serbia continues and, throughout the last year, the Serbian royals have donated a great deal to the Serbian health service. Crown Princess Katherine has led and organised a large-scale effort to assist the Serbian health service. Among the donations were urgently needed electric beds, mattresses and medical equipment, which went to hospitals throughout Serbia.
The first case of COVID-19 in Serbia was reported on 6 March 2020. As of 7 February 2021, a total of 2,797,273 individuals had been tested, of which there were 426,487 confirmed cases and 4,277 deaths. Last year, a series of protests and riots began in Serbia over the government’s announcement of the curfew’s reimplementation and the way the government had handled the COVID-19 situation.