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Queen Sofia of Spain receives coronavirus vaccine

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The Spanish Royal Family has confirmed that Queen Sofia has been vaccinated against coronavirus, saying that she received the jab in line with current regulations over its distribution.

The focus on following protocol comes just weeks after Sofia’s two daughters, Infanta Elena and Infanta Cristina, caused controversy by receiving their Covid jabs during a visit to Abu Dhabi where they were visiting their father, King Juan Carlos, who has been living there since going into self imposed exile in August 2020.

Elena, 57, and Cristina, 55, weren’t yet eligible for vaccination in Spain but said they agreed to the jabs while overseas to obtain health passports which would allow them to visit their father freely. King Juan Carlos, 83, has also received the jab in Abu Dhabi.

Queen Sofia, 82, was vaccinated at the El Pardo-Fuencarral Health Centre in Madrid on March 16th 2021, with the Royal Household saying the procedure followed ”protocols established by the health authorities.”

No images were shared but officials added that there would be public photos when King Felipe and Queen Letizia receive their coronavirus jabs.

Queen Sofia has increased her public engagements in recent weeks with a string of video meetings.

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