The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall meet staff at Skipton House

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall today carried out engagements in London to thank those involved in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. 

In the morning, The Prince visited Jesus House, a church where a new NHS vaccine pop-up clinic has been put into action. 

Led by Pastor Agu Irukwu, the church has been working hard to support the local community during the coronavirus pandemic and combat vaccine hesitancy. In an effort to encourage vaccine take-up amongst the BAME community, Jesus House has led seminars to share credible information about the programme, providing opportunity to raise questions and concerns with healthcare professionals. 

As well as its regular community work, during Covid-19, the church set up food banks to support those out of work or shielding.

It also ran a school programme for young people experiencing internet poverty, who had fallen behind in their studies whilst homeschooling.

The Prince of Wales visits Jesus House


The Prince previously visited Jesus House, together with The Duchess of Cornwall, in 2007 to celebrate the community work of Black Majority Churches.

The Prince said during the visit:

We are all immensely proud of the role Black majority churches play and it is of course a profound sorrow to me to know that black communities have been hit particularly hard by this pernicious virus. I can only wish you every possible success as you promote and facilitate the take up of this essential vaccine that is so utterly vital to our community. It is, as I know Pastor Agu has said, truly an answer to prayer.  

Later, Their Royal Highnesses visited Skipton House to hear from NHS England and the Ministry of Defence on the vaccine rollout.

The Prince of Wales is shown vaccine vials at Skipton House


Last month, The Prince and The Duchess wrote to some of their affiliated military units, who have assisted with the vaccination programme. Today, Their Royal Highnesses had the opportunity to thank members of the military and the NHS in person for all their hard work.

The Duchess meets military at Skipton House