In December 2020, the world breathed a sigh of relief as the first vaccines — first Pfizer’s and later Moderna’s — received emergency use authorization in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the vaccines are not available to everyone just yet, high-priority groups like health care workers and older adults have begun to take their shots. Among them are some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, who are also encouraging others to get vaccinated when they are able. Here, EW takes a look at which famous faces have gotten the coronavirus vaccines so far.
Patrick Stewart shared a video of his experience on his Instagram account Jan. 22. In it, he receives the shot and thanks the health care worker who gave it to him, telling her she’s “doing a great job.” According to the actor, he waited in line for four hours to get his shot, but he said it was worth the wait. “In my 80th year, I am grateful and hopeful for better days ahead,” he wrote in his post.
Actor and former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger reprised one of his most famous roles in his vaccine video, which he shared on social media Jan. 20. After he gets the shot, he encourages viewers to get theirs and quotes his Terminator character in the process. “Come with me if you want to live,” he says.
Ever the broadcast journalist, Al Roker got his vaccine on camera Jan. 19. “And just like that..I have gotten my first of two @pfizerinc #covid_19 shots at @northwellhealth #lenoxhillhospital Shoutout to my bro, @chrisroker who got his second shot at his hospital, @nychealthsystem,” he wrote alongside the video.
True to form, comedian and actor Steve Martin turned his vaccine announcement into a light joke. “Good news/Bad news,” he tweeted Jan. 17. “Good news: I just got vaccinated! Bad news: I got it because I’m 75. Ha! The operation in NYC was smooth as silk (sorry about the cliché @BCDreyer!) and hosted to perfection by the US Army and National Guard. Thank you all, and thank you science.”
Country music superstar Loretta Lynn is ready to put COVID-19 behind her. The 88-year-old shared on her Instagram on Jan. 16 that her daughter had taken her to get the vaccine, and the trip gave the two some welcome mother-daughter time. “I’m sure glad to get it and am sure ready to put Covid in the rear view mirror!” she wrote in her post. “And I enjoyed the mom daughter time, too.”
Country music legend Willie Nelson got his vaccine Jan. 13. He spread the news on his Facebook page, where he shared a post from Family Hospital Systems that showed pictures of him flashing the thumbs-up sign with the caption, “Getting your COVID vaccine is Willie cool!” Nelson wrote in his post, “Get your shot! Take care of yourself and others.”
Beloved crooner Tony Bennett shared the happy news Jan. 13 that he had received his first dose of the vaccine. Tagging the World Health Organization, Bennett shared in an Instagram post, “I received the first dose of the Covid 19 vaccination this week and am doing fine and encourage you to do the same!”
New year, new president, newly vaccinated! President Biden shared on Jan. 11 that he received his second and final dose of the vaccine, and encouraged everyone to get theirs. “Just like the first dose, it was safe, quick, and painless,” he wrote on Twitter. “I urge everyone to get vaccinated once it’s your turn. Because only together can we save lives and beat this virus.”
Martha Stewart set the record straight in her post Jan. 11. “To allay your concerns that I jumped the line know that I am in the approved age group for this batch of vaccines and I waited in line with others,” she shared on her Instagram. She also profusely thanked the staff at the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Downtown, where she received her shot. “I am so proud of and grateful to the doctors, nurses and medical staff who are wading through the red tape and confusion of the distribution of these very important vaccines,” she shared.
Beloved author Judy Blume received her vaccine alongside her husband on Jan. 8. The duo got the Moderna vaccine in Key West, Fla., according to a tweet from Blume. “At last, something good about being 80+ and a 2 year Pan Can survivor (husb). No problems. Less of a sore arm than with flu shot,” she shared.
Vice President Kamala Harris
Newly minted Vice President Kamala Harris got her first dose Dec. 29, and shared the occasion across her social channels to encourage the public to do the same. “I am incredibly grateful to our frontline health care workers, scientists, and researchers who made this moment possible,” she wrote. “When you’re able to take the vaccine, get it. This is about saving lives.”
Dec. 17 was “a very special day” for Oscar-nominated actor Ian McKellen. In an Instagram post, he shared how lucky he felt to receive the vaccine. “Anyone who has lived as long as I have is alive because they have had previous vaccinations, the take up amongst the older generation will be 100% — it ought to be — because you’re having it not just for yourself but for people who you are close to — you’re doing your bit for society,” he wrote.
Famed composer Andrew Lloyd Webber was ahead of the curve when he got his vaccine Aug. 13. Webber took part in the U.K.’s Oxford vaccine trial. “Just completed the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial. I’ll do anything to get theatres large and small open again and actors and musicians back to work,” he shared in his post at the time.
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