In mid-December, the first COVID-19 vaccine was rolled out in the United Kingdom and the United States and soon after expanded to Europe and across the globe. The vaccine, of course, is a major step forward in ending the coronavirus pandemic. See some of the notable names who've already been vaccinated, starting with this music star and actress… Over Valentine's Day weekend, rock star Courtney Love — who moved to London in 2019 — took to her Instagram Story to share that she'd received her first coronavirus vaccine dose. "Got vax, in Chelsea, thank you @nhsenglandldn," she wrote on a photo of herself getting inoculated. After speculation erupted questioning how the musician scored the shot since she's only 56 and the U.K. was still prioritizing older age groups in its rollout at the time, the Hole frontwoman's rep told media outlets in a statement, "She has an underlying health condition that makes her eligible. She is extremely grateful to the NHS and all the frontline workers." Keep reading to see more well-known people — including celebrities, famous doctors, political figures and others — who've been vaccinated against COVID-19…
Following wife Sharon and son Jack's coronavirus battles in recent months, 72-year-old Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne on Feb. 12 said he felt "relieved" to have received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine a day earlier. "It felt like I was being stabbed. My arm was hurting yesterday, but I'm glad I got it, you know?" he said on "Loose Women." He previously said on SiriusXM that he was eager to be vaccinated. "I look at it like this — if I don't get the shot and I get the virus, there's a good chance I ain't going to be here," Ozzy — who has several health issues including Parkinson's disease, explained.
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R&B singer Mavis Staples, 81, has now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. "I'm relieved to have received my 2nd dose of the covid vaccination, and feeling fine. I encourage everyone to get yours as soon as you have the opportunity," she tweeted alongside a photo of herself getting her second shot on Feb. 11.
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On Feb. 10, Clarence House announced that Britain's Prince Charles, 72 — who tested positive for the coronavirus in March 2020 and three months later revealed he'd not yet fully recovered his senses of taste and smell — and wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 73, had both received their first of two COVID-19 vaccine shots, the BBC reported.
Soap opera legend Susan Lucci, 74, received her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 9. "Just got my second Moderna shot!!! So excited! Easy-peasy!!! #grateful," she captioned a video of herself getting inoculated in which she says, "I'm so happy to get this."
"M*A*S*H" alum Alan Alda, 85, posted a selfie, er, "vaxxie" from his COVID-19 vaccination on Feb. 3. "Got my first shot today. I expected soreness, but so far, none. Feeling great. Here's my Vaxxie. #vaxxies #GotMyShot," he captioned a few photos from his appointment.
Jeff Goldblum on Feb. 1 revealed in an Instagram post that he'd been vaccinated against the coronavirus. "Immense gratitude to all of the frontline healthcare workers, continuing to work tirelessly to keep us all safe. As a citizen well into my platinum years, I got my first dose of the vaccine through the LA County Department of Health, at a public vaccination site where I waited in line with other 65+ eligible citizens," the 68-year-old actor-musician wrote, adding, "I'll continue to wear masks and practice social distancing. This too shall pass. Grand things are ahead."
Actor Ed Asner, 91, got his initial COVID-19 vaccine shot on Feb. 3. "First dose in the books," he tweeted alongside a video of himself getting the jab. His message to fans? "Do it. Get it over with!"
On Jan. 31, 83-year-old actress-activist Jane Fonda took to Instagram to reveal that she'd been innoculated. "Got vaccinated today! Yay! It doesn't hurt," she captioned a photo of herself facing the needle.
"Star Wars" actor Anthony Daniels, who famously played gold droid C-3PO in the film franchise, tweeted a photo of himself getting his COVID-19 vaccine in his native Britain. "Droids don't get Covid. But humans do. Please… Get vaccinated, too. We're NOT doomed! My sincere thanks to Dr Aboi and the NHS UK," the 74-year-old captioned the snapshot on Feb. 2.
On Feb. 1, Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson, 78, got vaccinated against the coronavirus at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. "Everyone get your vaccine," he wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of himself getting the shot, then quipped, "Last time I was at Dodger Stadium I threw out the first pitch."
"Downton Abbey" star Hugh Bonneville just got the COVID-19 vaccine as he helps others who are seeking the shot by volunteering as a marshall at his local vaccination hub in the South Downs town of Midhurst, in West Sussex, England, the BBC reported. The 57-year-old actor, who plays Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, posted a photo of himself getting inoculated on Jan. 29. "Delighted to be part of the support team as a volunteer marshall. I get to wear hi viz and everything," he joked in his Instagram caption of the neon vest he wears while greeting people as they arrive to be vaccinated.
New "The Real Housewives of Dallas" star Dr. Tiffany Moon, 36, a practicing anesthesiologist, has received both doses of her COVID-19 vaccine, she told People magazine in a story published on Jan. 29. "I got the first dose. I got Pfizer. … and then three weeks later, I got the second dose and I was joking with my friend who's a doctor. And I was like, 'Girl, if this had been a randomized controlled study, I would've told you, I think I got placebo because I got no side effects, less side effects than when I got the flu vaccine.' So it was fine for me," she explained. "I know that that's not true for everybody. Other people had myalgias, maybe a little fever or some other sorts of things, but I can only speak from my personal experience. And that was the easiest two-part vaccination I've ever done."
On Jan. 29, "The Howard Stern Show" star Robin Quivers got her COVID-19 shot. "Just got the first dose of the vaccine. It was painless. Feel a little bit closer to the reopening of the world," Robin — who's 68 — captioned a video of herself getting the jab on Instagram.
On Jan. 21, Scottish comedian Billy Connolly's wife, Pamela Stephenson, tweeted a photo of the funnyman, 78, after he received his first COVID-19 shot in Florida, where they now live. "Thank God… Billy had his first Covid vaccine today!" she tweeted alongside the pic.
Mary Berry of "The Great British Bake Off" fame confirmed to the Radio Times on Jan. 19 that she'd been vaccinated against the coronavirus and "would encourage everyone" to follow suit. The 85-year-old cookbook author, chef and TV host — who had polio as a child before there was a vaccine for the disease — said people should "not query" getting the COVID-19 shots. "If you're in a hospital like I was, with people in callipers, people in pain… I think everyone should take the vaccine," she told the Radio Times. "I had polio, but now almost the whole world is vaccinated against it."
Actor Mandy Patinkin, 68, tweeted about his coronavirus vaccine experience with wife Kathryn Grody on Jan. 22, writing alongside a video of himself getting his shot, "We got our first dose today of the Pfizer vaccine. One of the few benefits of being old [as f***]. I'm so grateful to the thousands of minds that brought this vaccine to life. Please get vaccinated and help save lives. Thanks Whitney who gave me my shot and Dr Shearer. THANK YOU," he wrote before explaining how they scored their shots. "We spent a week on the phone. Lots of time on hold. Some confusing info. We were told to callback next day and then still nothing etc and then we got in. So I'd say keep calling, checking in, ask your doctor and just stay at it. Hopefully the system will get a bit more organized."
"One of the benefits of being 65 is that I'm eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. I got my first dose this week, and I feel great," billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates tweeted alongside a photo of himself getting the jab on Jan. 22. "Thank you to all of the scientists, trial participants, regulators, and frontline healthcare workers who got us to this point."
On Jan. 8, "Below Deck" star Captain Lee Rosbach, 70, shared an Instagram photo of himself getting his first jab in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. "Got the vaccine today, next dose in 30 days. Feeling good, and glad we did it," the 70-year-old Bravo star captioned the snapshot.
On Jan. 22, "Star Trek: Picard" star Patrick Stewart shared a video of himself being vaccinated against COVID-19 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles after waiting in line for almost four hours. "How do we say thank you to the health workers and scientists for their sacrifice and service? Receive the vaccine as soon as one can to lessen their load and keep wearing a mask to protect fellow citizens. In my 80th year, I am grateful and hopeful for better days ahead," Sir Patrick captioned the video.
Ex-con and former football star O.J. Simpson was vaccinated near his home in Nevada on Jan. 29, he revealed on social media. "Get your shot. I got mine!!!" O.J., 73, captioned a photo of himself getting the jab.
"WandaVision" actor Randall Park revealed during a Jan. 29 appearance on "The Talk" that he's been vaccinated against COVID-19 since September 2020. The Marvel Cinematic Universe star, 46, explained that he signed up for a blind vaccine trial after actor friend Ken Jeong, who's also a medical doctor, told him one of the trials was looking for more Asian candidates. "And you know, I was thinking, 'Oh that's interesting.' Then I found out it was near my home, not far, and I was bored because it was the pandemic," he explained. "I was stuck in the house. And I was like, 'Maybe I should donate my body to science.' I figured it would be my way to, kind of, fight this thing happening throughout the world. So, I enlisted in the trial. And I didn't know if I got the placebo or the actual vaccine, but I just found out yesterday that I got the vaccine."
Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins, 83, tweeted a video of himself getting his COVID-19 vaccine at CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center of Los Angeles on Jan. 28. "THANK YOU," he wrote. "Light at the end of the tunnel (after one year of self imposed quarantine)."
On the Jan. 29 episode of "The Graham Norton Show," Welsh pop star Tom Jones, 80, revealed that he's been vaccinated against COVID-19. "I've had the two [shots] and I'm now bulletproof! It's a great feeling," the "It's Not Unusual" and "She's a Lady" singer shared.
On Jan. 28 — his 72nd birthday — San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich appeared in an NBA-sanctioned PSA that revealed he'd received his first COVID-19 vaccination. "It will keep me safe, keep my family safe and keep other people safe. Wearing masks is important and to get the vaccine does give you an added level of assurance," the NBA's longest tenured and most accomplished coach said in the video. "Science-wise, it's a no brainer. It's the right thing to do so we can all get on track again."
On the Jan. 27 episode of "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert," comedy star Billy Crystal, 72, opened up about getting his first Moderna COVID-19 vaccine shot at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Jan. 20. "I got the injection and a free scarf," he quipped. "I was glad to get this first step towards hugging my kids and my grandchildren again. And I do have a pre-existing, underlying condition — which is terror. So that was good that I got that."
"Shark Tank" star Barbara Corcoran took a chance that paid off big-time when she was having trouble securing a COVID-19 vaccine. "I got the shot! I was thrilled to be over 65 for the first time in my life! I was was eligible for the Covid Vaccine and planned to get right in line! I lived in NYC since Covid began and my husband Bill had been very sick with Covid this Christmas. … After trying for 4 hours online Thursday to schedule an appointment on many state and city sites, I gave up!" she wrote in a lengthy Instagram post on Jan. 16. She noticed there was one clinic that was open 24/7, though it didn't have vaccine availability until late March due to high demand. She then figured that perhaps everyone who had middle-of-the-night appointments might not show up. "So I called Susan, my next door neighbor and together we drove down in our pajamas at 2am to Worth Street. … 'Do you have an appointment?,' the security guard asked us as we entered. 'No we don't, but were hoping someone wouldn't show up for their appointment and maybe we could take their place.' The nice young woman put us in line well spaced and behind the other 7 people without appointments. 10 minutes later we were sent upstairs, 1 or 2 at a time, presented our New York Drivers license and filled out a simple form. We all took the places of the people who didn't show up and we all got our vaccine! An hour later Susan and I were snug as a bug back in our beds!"
On Jan. 15, the Swedish royal court announced that King Carl XVI Gustaf, 74, and Queen Silvia, 77, had received their first COVID-19 vaccine shots at Stenhammar Palace. "The great vaccination against COVID-19 is now underway around our country," the monarch — the first European royal to be photographed receiving the vaccine — said in a statement. "It is my hope that everyone who has the opportunity to be vaccinated in these coming months chooses to do so, so that together and as soon as possible we can get through this difficult time. "
Media mogul Tyler Perry was vaccinated for COVID-19 — on camera for a BET television special airing on Jan. 28 — after initially having some hesitancy due to historical medical mistreatment of Black people in America. But he decided to get the shot after he was approached by doctors at Georgia's Grady Health System with an offer to address his concerns. "When they called up and asked if I would take it to encourage the community, I thought, 'I'll do that — but you've got to answer all my questions,'" Tyler, 54, explained on "CBS This Morning." "I thought, while you answer my questions, why don't you record it so you can answer questions for a lot of people in the community."
On Jan. 25, Variety reported that Harrison Ford waited for two-and-a-half hours in a vaccination line at El Camino Community College in Torrance, California, after booking his own appointment. A rep for the "Star War" and "Indiana Jones" franchise star, who's 78, declined to give the industry publication more details about his jab but did pass along the actor's thanks to the healthcare professionals and volunteers on the ground.
On Jan. 26, actor Sean Penn — who co-founded CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort), which has been facilitating distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine throughout Los Angeles and has a mobile unit operating in Georgia, in addition to offering free coronavirus testing across the country with various partners — got his own dose of the vaccine. "I'm a lucky man. Lucky to work alongside the @LAFD & our great frontline @CoreResponse staff, our partners at Carbon Health, USC, & Curative Lab. We test & vaccinate thousands per day. We need your support to get more people lucky. Text CORE to 707070 to donate," the 60-year-old star captioned this Twitter photo of himself getting his vaccine shot.
Actress Kate Mulgrew, who starred on "Orange Is the New Black" and "Star Trek: Voyager," was vaccinated against the coronavirus on Jan. 25. "Got my Covid-19 vaccine in the wee hours of Monday morning! Consider this an order from your Captain – continue to mask up & register to receive your vaccine ASAP. Here in the US, check the website for your individual state of residence (NY for me!) for when you can sign up," the 65-year-old actress tweeted alongside a photo of herself after getting the shot. "We will beat this, but only if we all work together. Stay safe, my friends, and trust in science!"
"Avengers" franchise actor Samuel L. Jackson, 72, wore a Marvel superhero-themed mask as he got his first COVID-19 vaccine shot in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood on Jan. 22. "At The Forum getting that 1st jab!! #lookoutworldbouttobustbackout #vaccinespring #gogitchyoursigotmine," he captioned a photo slideshow on Instagram.
On Jan. 20, Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeted a video of himself getting his COVID-19 vaccine in a drive-thru line at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. "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," the 73-year-old actor and former California governor wrote alongside the clip in which he tells fans, "I just got my vaccine, and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone" before saying an iconic line from his "Terminator" movie franchise: "Come with me if you want to live."
On Jan. 16, country music legend Loretta Lynn, 88, took to Instagram to share that she's been vaccinated against COVID-19. "Well, I bundled up and Peggy Jean and I rolled out of Hurricane Mills so I could get this vaccine. I'm sure glad to get it and am sure ready to put Covid in the rear view mirror! And I enjoyed the mom daughter time, too!" she captioned two photos.
Buzz Aldrin (left) — the Apollo 11 and Gemini 12 astronaut who was one of the first two men to land on the moon — took to Twitter on Jan. 18 to tell followers he'd just received his COVID-19 vaccine two days before his 91st birthday. "I urge everyone to sign up for a vaccination as soon as possible when eligible to do so, so that life can return to normal soon," he tweeted alongside a photo of himself getting the jab. Buzz isn't the only legendary astronaut who got vaccinated in January: A week prior, 92-year-old Jim Lovell (right) — one of the first three humans to fly to and orbit the moon — got his first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Chicago.
Veteran newsman Dan Rather, 89, received his first COVID-19 vaccine shot on Jan. 19, 2021. "I got the vaccine today. Thank you science. Thank you to all who have been working on the front lines. I still remember the godsend of the polio shot, a flashback of emotion sweeps through me again," he tweeted along with a photo of himself being inoculated.
Norway's King Harald V and Queen Sonja, both 83, both were vaccinated against COVID-19 on Jan. 13, the Royal Court announced. They were scheduled to receive their second dose three weeks later. The monarch's sister, Princess Astrid, 88, also got the shot.
Broadway star and Oscar winner Joel Grey, 88, got his COVID-19 vaccine in mid-January in New York City. "We've lost so many people to COVID," the actor — who's the father of "Dirty Dancing" actress Jennifer Grey — told People magazine afterward. "I've lost a few friends. It's heartbreaking. Frightening. Like boxing with the enemy. What's been helping me is a solid belief that there is an end. I want to live. I love life."
"And just like that..I have gotten my first of two @pfizerinc #covid_19 shots at @northwellhealth #lenoxhillhospital," "Today" show host Al Roker, 66, captioned an Instagram video of himself getting his jab on Jan. 19.
Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 73 — the NBA's leading all-time scorer — revealed in a PSA that started airing on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January that he'd received his first COVID-19 vaccine. "We have to find new ways to keep each other safe," he said in the video.
On Jan. 11, fashion designer Norma Kamali took to Instagram to share a video of herself receiving her first COVID-19 vaccine shot in New York City. "When you are 75 there are many benefits and one was I was able to get my Covid vaccine today!!" she captioned the clip.
A rep for famed natural historian David Attenborough, 94, on Jan. 12 confirmed that the "David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet" documentary narrator had been vaccinated against COVID-19.
"Good news/Bad news. Good news: I just got vaccinated! Bad news: I got it because I'm 75. Ha!" comedy star Steve Martin tweeted on Jan. 17. "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." When a commenter asked how he was able to secure a shot, Steve explained, "I signed up ON line through an NYC dot gov website (sorry I don't have the exact site), and waited IN line at the Javits Center." He later quipped, "Right now, I'm having no fide resects."
On Jan. 14, the Vatican confirmed that both Pope Francis, 84, as well as Pope Emeritus Benedict, 93, had both received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Days earlier, Francis — the leader of the Catholic Church — said people had an "ethical duty" to be vaccinated. "It is not an option, it is an ethical choice because you are gambling with your health, with your life, but you are also gambling with the lives of others," the pontiff said in an interview that aired on Italy's Canale 5 on Jan. 10. The Pope has also urged wealthier countries to share their vaccine supplies with poorer nations.
Oscar winner Judi Dench, 86, told BBC News on Jan. 14 that she has received her first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine. "I had one a week ago so I think my next is something like 11 weeks' time, that's a great start!" she said, MailOnline reported.
Three Jordanian royals — King Abdullah II, son Crown Prince Hussein and uncle Prince Hassan — received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 14, the Royal Hashemite Court announced on Twitter alongside photos and video of the men receiving their shots as Jordan's vaccination campaign kicked off.
Author Judy Blume took to Twitter to tell followers she and her husband were vaccinated in Florida on Jan. 8. "Husb and I got our first dose of Moderna Vaccine on Friday in Key West. At last, something good about being 80+ and a 2 year Pan Can survivor (husb)," she tweeted, adding, "No problems. Less of a sore arm than with flu shot."
On Jan. 13, 2021, singer Tony Bennett, 94, announced on Twitter that he got the first of two vaccination shots. "I received the first dose of the Covid 19 vaccination this week and am doing fine and encourage you to do the same," he wrote.
Music star Willie Nelson, 87, got his first COVID-19 vaccine shot at a hospital drive-thru in Texas on Jan. 13, 2021. "Getting your COVID vaccine is Willie cool!" Family Hospital Systems wrote in a Facebook post. "Thank you Willie Nelson for helping Family Hospital Systems slow the spread of COVID-19!" Willie's wife, Annie, and sister Bobbie (who is also his pianist) also got the vaccine at the hospital drive-thru.
On Jan. 11, 2021, Martha Stewart shared an Instagram video of herself getting the shot. "I was vaccinated today in a designated vaccine pod near the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Downtown [in New York City]. 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," the 79-year-old star wrote in part, adding, "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."
President-elect Joe Biden received his second dose of the coronavirus vaccine from Chief Nurse Executive Ric Cuming at ChristianaCare Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware, on Jan. 11, 2021. He got his first shot on Dec. 21, 2020.
"Dynasty" star Joan Collins took to Instagram on Jan. 10, 2021, to reveal that she was "delighted" to have been inoculated with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine a day earlier at her local National Health Service doctors' office in London's Bloomsbury area. She thanked the healthcare workers "for a painless and seamless procedure," noting in the caption of this photo that she was vaccinated on the "same day as our Queen!" She then added hashtags for "honoured" and "register now."
On Jan. 9, 2021, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson announced that Queen Elizabeth II, 94, and husband Prince Philip, 99, had both received COVID-19 vaccinations, which were administered by a royal household doctor at Windsor Castle, where the couple have been living amid England's most recent lockdown.
TMZ reported on Jan. 9, 2021, that "Vanderpump Rules" and former "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Ken Todd — who's married to Lisa Vanderpump — was vaccinated against COVID-19 at the Men's Health Clinic in Inglewood, California, on Jan. 5. According to the webloid, the restaurateur — who's 75 and has two underlying health conditions — lucked out only because the clinic was in a race to use a small number of vaccine doses that were about to expire that night after healthcare workers, who are at the top of the priority list in Los Angeles County, failed to show up to get their inoculations. Ken's doctor urged him to get on the clinic's waiting list, and it worked out for him. Lisa, 60, however, was not able to score a vaccine that day.
Israeli Prime Minister Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received his second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, Israel, on Jan. 9, 2021.
Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron received his COVID-19 vaccination at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta on Jan. 5, 2021. He and his wife, education activist Billye Suber Aaron, received their vaccinations publicly in an effort to encourage Black Americans who might be hesitant to do so. Sadly, Hank — one of the greatest MLB players of all time — passed away two and a half weeks later on Jan. 22, though there's no indication his death was related to his vaccination.
On Jan. 1, 2021, the Danish royal house announced in a statement that Denmark's Queen Margrethe II "was vaccinated today against COVID-19. The Queen will be re-vaccinated in about three weeks' time." Margrethe was the first European sovereign to publicly confirm news of her vaccination.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris was administered the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine by registered nurse Patricia Cummings at the United Medical Center in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 29, 2020. "I trust the scientists," she said after getting her first shot. "I urge everyone, when it is your turn, get vaccinated. It's about saving your life, the life of your family members, and the [lives of] your community." Her husband, attorney and future second gentleman Doug Emhoff, received the vaccine the same day and shared a photo on Twitter.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, on Dec. 22, 2020. After rolling up his sleeve for the shot, he explained that he was getting it on live television "as a symbol to the rest of the country that I feel extreme confidence in the safety and the efficacy of this vaccine" and because he wanted "to encourage everyone who has the opportunity to get vaccinated so that we can have a veil of protection over this country that would end this pandemic."
President-elect Joe Biden received the vaccine on live TV on Dec. 21. "I'm doing this to demonstrate that people should be prepared when it's available to take the vaccine," he told reporters. "There's nothing to worry about."
Sir Ian McKellen got his first shot of the vaccine from the National Health Service in London on Dec. 16, 2020. "I feel very lucky to have had the vaccine. I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone," he tweeted afterward.
Vice President Mike Pence received a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 18, 2020. Before getting the vaccine on TV, he tweeted, "We gather at the end of a historic week to affirm to the American people that hope is on the way. @SecondLady & I were honored to step forward and receive the Safe and Effective Coronavirus Vaccine and we hope it will be a source of confidence & comfort for the American people."
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York took to her Instagram Story to share a series of videos of herself answering questions and getting the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which was made available to members of Congress as part of a continuity of governance plan, in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 18, 2020.
"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. It's time for Congress to do its job as well – and finish what our bipartisan group started by passing emergency COVID relief now." –Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, who shared this photo of himself receiving his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Instagram on Dec. 18, 2020
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who's also a practicing neurosurgeon, received his first COVID-19 vaccine shot at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta on Dec. 18, 2020.
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch — the executive chairman of News Corp and the chairman of Fox News's Fox Corp — received the COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 18, 2020, at his doctor's office in Britain, where Rupert and wife Jerry Hall have been isolating since the summer, Variety reported. "I would like to thank the keyworkers and the NHS staff who have worked so hard throughout the pandemic, and the amazing scientists who have made this vaccine possible. I strongly encourage people around the world to get the vaccine as it becomes available," Rupert said in a statement.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi received the vaccine on Dec. 18, 2020. "Today, with confidence in science & at the direction of the Office of the Attending Physician, I received the COVID-19 vaccine," she tweeted. "As the vaccine is being distributed, we must all continue mask wearing, social distancing & other science-based steps to save lives & crush the virus."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got the COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 18, 2020. "Just received the safe, effective COVID vaccine following continuity-of-government protocols," he tweeted afterward. "Vaccines are how we beat this virus. Now back to continue fighting for a rescue package including a lot more money for distribution so more Americans can receive it as fast as possible."
Oliver Stone revealed that he got a COVID-19 vaccine in Russia, which rolled out its program long before the United States. "I've heard good things about the Russian vaccine," the filmmaker told the Associated Press on Dec. 15, 2020. "I have to get a second shot in 45 days." He added, "But I'm hopeful. It's a very good vaccine. I don't understand why it's being ignored in the West."
"At the advice of the Office of the Attending Physician for the continuity of government, I received the first of two shots of the COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday. The vaccine is safe, effective, and will save lives. … .@SenMarkey and I will continue to wear masks, social distance, and work to make sure vaccines are made widely available and administered equitably to health care workers, essential workers, teachers, medically underserved communities, and our nation at no cost and ASAP. … 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." –Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who posted this photo of herself receiving her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Twitter on Dec. 19, 2020
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams received a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 18, 2020.
"The Great British Bake Off" judge Prue Leith gets the COVID-19 vaccine in London on Dec. 15, 2020. "Who wouldn't want immunity from #Covid19 with a painless jab?? #vaccine," she tweeted afterward along with a photo of herself getting the shot.
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida tweeted a photo of himself getting the vaccine on Dec. 19, 2020. "I know I looked away from the needle And yes, I know I need a tan," he tweeted. "But I am so confident that the #Covid19 vaccine is safe & effective that I decided to take it myself."
Second Lady Karen Pence received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 18, 2020.
Famed Tony-winning composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, 72, participated in a vaccine trial back in August 2020. "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. – ALW #SaveOurStages @nivassoc," he captioned an Aug. 13, 2020, Instagram photo showing himself getting a shot. It's unclear if he's yet learned if he received the vaccine or a placebo.
"The Bachelorette" star Joe Park, an anesthesiologist in New York City, got the COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 17, 2020. "I'm feeling pretty normal," he said the following day on his Instagram Story.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, on Dec. 22, 2020.
CNN correspondent Stephanie Elam announced that she's taking part in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine trial. "I decided to put my body where my mouth is," she said on social media. "I enrolled in a vaccine trial. Many Black and Latinx folks are fearful of medical testing but I hope my experience will help people trust science and get a coronavirus vaccine when they can."
Popular English TV host Lionel Blair received his vaccine in the United Kingdom on Dec. 16. "I couldn't believe it when they called me and said, 'It's next week and then the next one is in January,' and here I am," he said, according to Yahoo. "I'm just … thinking, thank God I live here. I'm hoping it's going to make me live a bit longer! And seeing my grandchildren and children growing up." The "Name That Tune" host added, "The whole thing means a great deal to me."
Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, president and dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent who's also a practicing neurosurgeon, posed with an Elmo doll after receiving their first COVID-19 vaccine shots on Dec. 18, 2020, at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.