Arnold Schwarzenegger Just Became the Latest Celebrity to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Now that a COVID-19 vaccine is available, it’s only a matter of time until our timelines are filled of photos of people vaccinating themselves—stars included. The celebrities who have received the COVID-19 vaccine so far include Sir Ian McKellen and more stars to come.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, December 14, that the first COVID-19 vaccinations other than clinical trials were administered in the United States. A nurse in New York was among the first to receive the shot, with hundreds of thousands of health works and front-line employees to follow. At the time, hundreds of sites across the country received vials of authorized vaccines developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE. With millions of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine set to be administered in the next few months, we thought we would keep track of all of the celebrities who have received the COVID-19 vaccine so far.

Given that the COVID-19 vaccine is reserved at first for health workers, government employees and those at high risk, don’t expect many stars to receive the vaccine until much later. That said, there are still quite a few celebrities have been vaccinated so far. Read our list of celebrities who have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine ahead.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Schwarzenegger revealed in a tweet in January 2021 that he received the COVID-19 vaccine and encouraged others to do so as well. His tweet included a video of him getting the shot while in the passenger seat of a car.
“Today was a good day. I have never been happier to wait in a line. If you’re eligible, join me and sign up to get your vaccine. Come with me if you want to live!” he tweeted. He wrote in a second tweet, “Thanks for checking me in at @Dodgers Stadium, @MayorOfLA ! What a crazy surprise.”

In the clip, he joked to the nurse after he got his shot. “Put that needle down,” he said. “All right, I just got the vaccine and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone…Come with me if you want to live.”

Judi Dench

Judi Dench

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Dame Judi Dench revealed in January 2021 that she received her first round of the COVID-19 vaccine. “I have [had the coronavirus vaccine]. I had one a week ago so I think my next is something like 11 weeks’ time, that’s a great start!” she told BBC at the time. Dench said she feels “joy” and “relief” after she was able to vaccinate herself.

She said, “I was going to film something which has been postponed. I was, during this time, able to film with Kenneth Branagh, who wrote and directed a film about his childhood in Belfast.” She confirmed that the staff and crew took “every precaution” to keep everyone safe.

“We were all incredible lines to each other, taking every precaution. Everybody wore masks and everything. So we were well looked after,” she said. “It was a huge relief to do something and it was exciting too at that time. Otherwise you wake up and think: ‘What is the thing I will do today’ and try to get something done.”

Martha Stewart

Stewart took to her Instagram in January 2021 to confirm that she received the COVID-19 vaccine. “I was vaccinated today in a designated vaccine pod near the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Downtown 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 wrote in the caption.

She continued, “I am excited to have received my dosage and look forward to the booster. The doctors told me 10,000 applications were received by Mount Sinai right after the state released this batch of vaccines. Here’s to the advancement of science and a heartfelt thanks to those working on the vaccines . We are all hoping for an end to this pandemic. 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”

Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace confirmed in January 2021 that Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip both received the COVID-19 vaccine. “The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have today received Covid-19 vaccinations,” the spokesperson said. A source told Entertainment Tonight at the time that the vaccines were administered by the household doctor at Windsor Castle, where Elizabeth and Philip have been quarantined amid the pandemic. “[The Queen] decided that she would let it be known she has had the vaccination,” the source said. The vaccinations come after the Queen’s son, Prince Charles, and grandson, Prince William, tested positive for COVID-19 in 2020.

Kamala Harris & Doug Emhoff

CBS News tweeted a video of Harris receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in December 2020. “That was easy,” she said after she got the shot from  by Patricia Cummings, clinical nurse manager at United Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, also received the vaccine at the same time.

“It’s literally about saving lives. I trust the scientists and it is the scientists who created and approved this vaccine,” Harris told reporters of why she got the vaccine. “So I urge everyone, when it is your turn, get vaccinated. It’s about saving your life, the life of your family members and the life of your community.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

AOC posted a video of her getting the vaccine on Instagram in December 2020. “I would would never, ever ask you to do something I wasn’t willing to do myself. Yesterday, in accordance with national security protocols, Congress began to get vaccinated. I documented the entire process and am here to answer all of your questions to help you feel as comfortable as possible with your healthcare decisions,” she wrote. In her post, she also explained how the vaccine works and how it doesn’t give people COVID-19, which is a misconception.

Joe Biden

Joe Biden was vaccinated in December 2020 and posted the moment on his Instagram. To the scientists and researchers who worked tirelessly to make this possible — thank you. We owe you an awful lot. And to the American people — know there is nothing to worry about. When the vaccine is available, I urge you to take it,” he wrote.

Dr. Anthony Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci

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Dr. Fauci, who is one of the lead members of President Trump’s White House Coronavirus Task Force, received the COVID-19 vaccine in December 2020. “First, I am an attending physician here on the staff at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center and so I do see patients. But, as important or more important, is as a symbol to the rest of the country that I feel extreme confidence in the safety and the efficacy of this vaccine,” he explained when asked why he got the vaccine before other frontline workers.

Sir Ian McKellen

The Evening Standard reported in December 2020 that McKellen, 81, was given the first two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at London’s Queen Mary’s University Hospital. “It’s a very special day, I feel euphoric,” he said in a statement.. “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 percent—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 added that he “felt very lucky to have had the vaccine,” and urged others to vaccinate themselves as well.

Mike Pence

Mike Pence

Image: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik.

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence got doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in December 2020 in Washington D.C. The moment was livestreamed on Twitter of Surgeon General Jerome Adams first receiving the vaccine followed by the Pences. In a statement at the time, the White House said that the Pences received the vaccine “to promote [its] safety and efficacy.”

“You still want to protect people who are very important to our country right now,” Dr. Anthony Fauci also told reporters in December 2020 before the Pences’ vaccinations. “For security reasons, I really feel strongly that we should get them vaccinated as soon as we possibly can.”

Prue Leith

The Great British Bake Off judge announced in an Instagram post in December 2020 that she received the COVID-19 vaccine. “Who wouldn’t want immunity from #Covid19 with a painless jab?? #vaccine,” she wrote in the caption.

News about the Coronavirus is unfolding in real-time, and while we make every effort to ensure our content is accurate, some of the information in this story may have changed. For the most up-to-date news on the pandemic, please go to the CDC or WHO websites. For the latest from STYLECASTER, visit our Coronavirus hub page.

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