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.
Carey posted a video of her receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in April 2021. In the video, Carey talked about how she was “excited and nervous a little bit” to be vaccinated. The video also saw her hit one of her infamous high notes after she received her shot. “Vaccine side effect: G6 🎵,” she captioned the video.
Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively
Reynolds and Lively got their COVID-19 vaccines at the same time and posted the moment on their Instagrams. “Find you someone who looks at you like I look at the heroic nurse vaccinating me. 💕,” Lively captioned a video of her receiving the shot. Reynolds, for his part, wrote, “Finally got 5G” as the injection went in.
Chastain revealed in an Instagram post in March 2021 that she had received her vaccine. She posted a picture of her bandaged arm. “My vaccine time has finally come! This is so much more than just a shot in the arm… it’s our way to fight back against COVID, protect ourselves and keep those around us safe and healthy. I believe in science! If we listen to the experts, life as we knew it is just around the corner 🙂,” she wrote.
Parton confirmed in an Instagram video in March 2021 that she had received the COVID-19 vaccine. “I’m finally going to get my vaccine. I’m so excited. I’ve been waiting a while I’m old enough to get it. And I’m smart enough to get it,” she said in the video. “So I’m very happy that I’m going to get my Moderna shot today. And I want to tell everybody that you should get out there and do it too, having changed where my songs to fit the occasion.”
Parton then sang a vaccine-themed song to the tune of her 1974 single, “Jolene.” “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine. I’m begging of you, please don’t hesitate,” she sang. “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine. Because once you’re dead, then that’s a bit too late.”
Parton ended her post by encouraging those who are skeptical of receiving the vaccine to vaccinate themselves.
“I’m trying to be funny now, but I’m dead serious about the vaccine,” Parton said. “I think we all want to give back to normal, whatever that is. And that would be a great shot in the arm, wouldn’t it if we could get back to that? But anyhow, I just wanted to encourage everybody ’cause the sooner we get to feeling better, the sooner we are going to get back to being normal.”
She continued, “I just want to say to all of you cowards out there: Don’t be such a chicken squat. Get out there and get your shot!”
Fonda confirmed in an Instagram post in February 2021 that she had received her second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. “Second shot! #vaccinated” she wrote alongside a car selfie of her in a face mask.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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 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. 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.
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.”
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.
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