Professor Heidi Larson, an expert on vaccine misinformation, has been working with the Government over concerns people will refuse a coronavirus jab if one becomes available due to safety fears. She has recommended that trusted figures - including the Queen - are recruited to persuade those in doubt.
Prof Larson said the monarch was an obvious candidate, particularly to reach older people.
The expert said: “If there’s one thing I’ve seen, and I’ve been here [in the UK] for over a decade now, it’s the trust that she gets.
“And she’s certainly in that older cohort, so I think that’s actually really, really smart.
“Here’s the big question - will she get a vaccine?
The Queen could play a key role in the rollout of a coronavirus vaccine, an expert has suggested (Image: GETTY)
The Queen has already played a major role in boosting the country during the pandemic (Image: GETTY)
“That may be a difficult one.
“I think the Palace is going to have to decide for themselves - do you want to risk a new vaccine on the Queen?
“Or do you want to keep her isolated?"
She also told The Times: “They’re going to have to weigh those risks.
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She made two televised addresses to the nation at the height of the crisis (Image: BUCKINGHAM PALACE)
“So I wouldn’t want to put her in a spot - but she is an important voice.”
In July, a YouGov poll