Ian McKellen, Prue Leith, AOC, and More Celebs Have Gotten a COVID-19 Vaccine

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Dec. 20 2020, Updated 4:05 p.m. ET

As the Pfizer-BioNTech and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are rolling out across the United States, celebrities have been getting their COVID vaccine in the U.S. and abroad — and many of them seniors, doctors, and politicians.

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Ian McKellen was one of those famous folk getting inoculated. “You’re having it not just for yourself but for people who you are close to,” he told his followers, giving a thumbs-up in his photo. “You’re doing your bit for society.”

Here are Ian and other celebs who’ve gotten the vaccine so far…

Ian MacKellen

The Lord of the Rings and X-Men actor felt “euphoric” after getting vaccinated at Queen Mary’s University Hospital in London on Wednesday, Dec. 16.

“Anyone who has lived as long as I have is alive because they have had previous vaccinations,” he added per BBC News. “I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone.”

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Prue Leith

Source: Twitter

The Great British Bake Off judge shared a photo of herself getting her vaccine shot on Twitter on Tuesday, Dec. 15. “Who wouldn’t want immunity from #Covid19 with a painless jab?” she tweeted.

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Oliver Stone

Source: Associated Press/YouTube

The filmmaker behind Platoon and JFK told Russia’s Channel One state broadcaster that he received the Russian COVID-19 vaccine in a clip the Associated Press published on Tuesday, Dec. 16. “It’s a very good vaccine,” he told his Channel One interviewer. “I don’t understand why it’s being ignored in the West.”

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Sanjay Gupta

Source: CNN/YouTube

The neurosurgeon, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, got his vaccine live on air at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., on Friday, Dec. 18. (“I, by the way, as a surgeon, am also a little bit afraid of needles,” he admitted.)

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Joe Biden

Source: CBS News/YouTube

The President-elect will receive the COVID-19 vaccine as early as the week of Dec. 21, as two transition officials told the Associated Press. “I don’t want to get ahead of the line, but I want to make sure we demonstrate to the American people that it is safe to take,” he said on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

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Mike Pence

Source: CNBC Television/YouTube

Both the departing Vice President and his wife, Karen Pence, got doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on camera in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Dec. 18.

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Nancy Pelosi

Source: Instagram

“Today, with confidence in science and at the direction of the Office of the Attending Physician, I received the COVID-19 vaccine,” the Speaker of the House wrote on Instagram on Friday, Dec. 18, alongside a photo of herself getting the vaccine. “As the vaccine is being distributed, we must all continue mask wearing, social distancing, and other science-based steps to save lives and crush the virus.”

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Source: Instagram

The Democratic U.S. Representative from New York — dubbed AOC — shared footage of her vaccination process on Instagram on Saturday, Dec. 19, and answered questions about the vaccine from Instagram followers. “I would never, ever ask you to do something I wasn’t willing to do myself,” she added in her caption.

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Elizabeth Warren

Source: Twitter

This Democratic senator from Massachusetts and former presidential candidate said she received the first of two shots of the COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday, Dec. 19. “The vaccine is a testament to all we can achieve when we listen to scientists, follow the advice of public health experts, and come together as a country,” she added.

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Mitt Romney

Source: Instagram

“Grateful for the months of hard work from the medical community, government partners, and others who are working around the clock to deliver a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine to the American people,” the Republican senator from Utah wrote on Friday, Dec. 18, as he uploaded an Instagram photo of himself getting a vaccine shot.

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Marco Rubio

Source: Instagram

On Saturday, Dec. 19, this Republican senator from Florida shared an Instagram pic of him receiving the vaccine. “Yes, I looked away from the needle,” he wrote, captioning the upload. “And yes, I realize I need a tan. But I am so sure the COVID vaccine is safe that I decided to take it myself.”

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