PRINCE William met HOAR’s Jabs Army heroes today to thank them for their efforts.
The Duke of Cambridge, 38, hailed vaccination centre staff and volunteers for stepping up when the “chips are down”.
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Wills reckoned: “It’s amazing how adaptable we can be when we need to be. It’s made us reassess our priorities.”
He travelled a short distance from his home at Anmer Hall, Norfolk, to the centre in King’s Lynn. It was his first public engagement since Christmas.
Stewart and Fliss Davidson, from Downham Market, are among 50,000 Sun readers who signed up to our Jabs Army.
Fliss, 54, said: “We really love the opportunity to do something useful. We feel very lucky.
“It was really amazing to meet him and completely unexpected. He was charming and asking after the patients and how we’re finding it.”
Husband Stewart, 58, added: “We’ve got to do our bit to get the country moving again.”
The couple joined the Jabs Army after their events photography business struggled during the national lockdown.
The centre, run by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, is vaccinating up to 500 people a day.
One medic hailed HOAR’s Jabs Army volunteers as “incredibly helpful”.
Wills, who contacted Covid-19 last April and was “very ill”, spoke to staff and volunteers at each stage of the process.
He asked vaccinator Debbie Rudd, 50, whether patients were nervous, adding: “I’d be at the front of the queue if I could, just to prove that it’s OK, but I have to wait my turn.”
And he hailed new research suggesting vaccines are reducing hospital admissions.
Wills, who earlier joked with HOAR’s photographer Arthur Edwards, said: “That’s pretty good isn’t it? It’s good news.”
And he reckoned: “Well done you guys, you’re amazing. You are motoring through.”
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