In December 2020, 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 tool in ending the coronavirus pandemic. Now all Americans 12 and up are eligible, with younger children up next for approval. See some of the notable names who've been vaccinated, starting with this comedy star… Two months after undergoing surgery to remove half a lung following her shocking lung cancer diagnosis, comedian Kathy Griffin took to social media to share a photo of herself receiving two vaccines: a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot plus a flu vaccine. "3rd Moderna shot AND a flu shot! Yes. Fear me #GETVACCINATED," she captioned a photo on Instagram. She captioned the same pic on Twitter, "Ummm, just got 3rd shot of Moderna AND a flu shot in the other arm." People magazine explained that Kathy, 60, was eligible for a third dose because she is immunocompromised, noting that cancer treatments can weaken the body's ability to fight off disease, leaving those with cancer "more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19," according to the CDC.
Keep reading to see more well-known people — including celebrities, famous doctors, political figures and others — who've been vaccinated against COVID-19…
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Pop star Ariana Grande took to Instagram on Aug. 1 to tell her fans she's "vaxxed n masked" and to urge them to get vaccinated against COVID-19 too amid the surge in coronavirus infections due to the Delta variant. "This is your gentle reminder to please get your vaccines if you are eligible. this thing is not yet over! sharing some info because i care and if i can, i'd like to help anybody who is hesitant or curious with making their decision," Ari began her post. "This delta variant is very new and since data is changing all the time, i'll source some links for you to stay up to speed yourself but so far… we do know that it spreads much more easily compared to previous variants. most of the spread is among unvaccinated people and in areas with low vaccination rates! and yes although you can still get it while vaccinated, the vaccine helps to protect against severe illness, hospitalization, and death! all great things to be protected against in my book. oh and if you have already gotten sick with COVID-19, you should STILL get vaccinated !" She also provided links and handles for fans who have questions. "For more information especially on some of the Covid myths that are circulating the internet, go to https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccines-myth-versus-fact please and reassure yourself why getting vaxxed is the move. save a life or two. who knows. some helpful accounts that i love following are: @niniandthebrain @jessicamalatyrivera @itsmadetosave @doctor.Darien @dr.risahoshino."
"When I was pregnant I got vaccinated," actress Emmy Rossum, who gave birth to her first child with husband Sam Esmail in May, announced on Instagram on July 25. "Not only did we have a healthy, beautiful baby girl but we also just learned our daughter now has antibodies," she continued. "In short, stop being an irresponsible idiot and get the vaccine." According to the CDC, pregnant women who contract COVID-19 are more likely than others to become "severely ill" and "experts believe [the vaccines now available in the United States] are unlikely to pose a risk for people who are pregnant."
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"Room" star Jacob Tremblay, 14 — who voices the titular character in Disney and Pixar's upcoming animated film "Luca" – posted a video of himself getting a COVID-19 vaccine shot on his Instagram Story on May 30 as Kool & the Gang's "Celebration" played in the background.
Britain's Duchess Kate was vaccinated against the coronavirus on May 28, she revealed the following day on social media. "Yesterday I received my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at London's Science Museum," she wrote alongside a photo of herself getting the jab. "I'm hugely grateful to everyone who is playing a part in the rollout – thank you for everything you are doing."
Julia Roberts posted this selfie on Instagram on May 19, announcing in the caption, "Fully….VACCINATED!!! Grateful beyond measure. If you are not vaccinated and have the GOOD FORTUNE to get vaccinated- go, go,go! #weareinthistogether #🙏🏻."
On May 7, Jennifer Aniston took to Instagram to share that she'd been vaccinated against COVID-19. "Fully vaccinated and it feels soooo good 🎶💪🏼 We are extremely lucky and privileged to have access to Covid-19 vaccines in the U.S. right now. Unfortunately, that's not the case everywhere… and as we know, the health of one of us affects all of us," she wrote. "Thinking about those who do not or will not have the opportunity to get vaccinated and hug their friends and family. See more in my bio for ways to help those who need it during this crisis. 🙏🏼."
Britain's Prince William — who had COVID-19 in the spring of 2020 — announced that he got the shot on May 18, 2021. "On Tuesday I received my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. To all those working on the vaccine rollout — thank you for everything you've done and continue to do," he captioned this Instagram pic of himself rolling up his sleeve.
Actress and The Honest Company founder Jessica Alba, 40, shared this photo on Instagram on May 12 of herself and husband Cash Warren, 42, with their vaccine cards. "Mom and dad are vaxxed," she captioned the snapshot.
For a long time, comedian Leslie Jones, 53, was hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine. "When it first came out I was like, 'I'm not taking that s***. … I was like, 'I'm going to wait until the last batch and then maybe somebody could talk me into it,'" she told Variety's Marc Malkin on May 12. She still wasn't sure even after speaking to a friend of her aunt — a biologist working in COVID research. "She was like, 'This is very serious. Please get vaccinated,'" Leslie said. The "Saturday Night Live" alum finally got vaccinated when she was asked to host the 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards. "I was like, 'I gotta be safe so let me just go bite the bullet."
Edward James Olmos tweeted about his vaccination on May 13. "I got vaccinated, I feel like I am protecting everyone and I feel hopeful," the 74-year-old wrote. "Getting your COVID-19 vaccine is super easy-LA County is offering walk-ins without an appointment. Really important to help protect your family from the Covid-19."
Demi Lovato, 28, took to Instagram on May 3 to explain why they got vaccinated. "Getting the vaccine came down to one thought process for me, I simply would rather risk potential side effects of a vaccine than risk lives by catching or spreading covid," they captioned this post-vax selfie. "It's normal to be cautious when something new comes along. Wanting to know more is a good thing — it means you want to be informed. To ask questions and hear from others who have similar questions as you do, go to vaxbecause.org."
During an April 30 appearance on "Live With Kelly and Ryan," Mila Kunis, 37, revealed that she and husband Ashton Kutcher, 43, have both been vaccinated against COVID-19. "I'm not going to lie, when the vaccines came out, I had no shame and stood in lines all round L.A. trying to get a leftover vaccine," she said, explaining that she waited 12 hours the first day and 14 hours on the second before finally getting the jab. It's unclear if Ashton waited with her.
"We did it! Thank you to everyone helping people get vaccinated. I highly recommend Brittany at CVS in Santa Barbara — she's the best!" Ellen DeGeneres, 63 — who had COVID-19 in 2020 — captioned a video of herself getting a jab at her local pharmacy on April 30.
On May 1, "Parks and Recreation" star Nick Offerman, 50, took to Instagram to share a photo of himself getting his second COVID-19 vaccine shot. "Folks got my #2 for myself but also for others like you for example," he captioned the snap.
"Im coming for you @nicholasbraun !! 🎵 Antibodies (do you have the) : @nicholasbraun," Kristen Bell, 40, captioned a video of herself getting a COVID-19 vaccine shot on Instagram to the tune of "Succession" actor Nicholas Braun's pandemic song on April 28.
The day before his 49th birthday, Dwayne Johnson took to Instagram to tell his followers that he'd been vaccinated against COVID-19 and had completed his second dose at Georgia's Emory Healthcare. "Round 2. Full tilt. Mahalo to my long time ace @_amarcules and all our front line health care warriors here in the US and around the world 🙏🏾The more intel I come to understand the more work I realize we have in front of us. Step by step. Keep on keepin' on. #vaccination✔️💪🏾🇺🇸," The Rock — who along with his family had COVID-19 in 2020 — captioned this snapshot.
Country music star Trisha Yearwood, 56 — who battled COVID-19 in February 2021 and two months later had yet to regain her senses of taste and smell — took to Twitter on April 30 to reveal she was getting her shot. "This #EveryGirl finally got her first dose of the vaccine! To all who made this day possible, thank you. xo #grateful," she captioned this pic.
On April 30, music star John Legend shared that he'd received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine from his local Walgreens pharmacy. "It gave me a sense of greater optimism and relief …" he told USA Today. "I'm just excited that the vaccine has proven to be effective and to be safe, and that we're on our way to opening back up more and more people get vaccinated." He said he was lucky and didn't experience any of the common side effects. However, he added, "If you're getting vaccinated — preventing yourself from getting the virus, preventing yourself from giving the virus to any of your relatives and loved ones, and getting the nation back closer to opening up slowly — it's a small price to pay."
On April 20, Backstreet Boys singer Kevin Richardson, 49, posted a photo of himself getting his coronavirus vaccination at a Walgreens pharmacy — and he added the best hashtag ever. "Git er done! 💉✅✌🏻❤️#backstreetsvaxedallright," Kevin captioned the shot.
Singer Noah Cyrus, 21, took to social media to share that she brought her dog with her when she got vaccinated against COVID-19. "Marshall was big hit with everyone getting their vaccines today!!! it was so cute he made us all a little less nervous," she tweeted alongside this selfie. "This cute older man kept talking to marshall and said 'what's up player! you here to get your vaccine too!?' it was so cute." She added, in another tweet, "he totally knew i was freaking out about the needle (tattoos are not the same) n just [sat] in my lap like a good boy and!!! i'm part of a super human club now so that's cool. and you get a cute sticker. i did get a parking ticket tho."
On April 25, retired MLB star Alex Rodriguez, 45, posted a photo of his very muscular arm post-vaccine. "#Grateful to get my second vaccination shot today. ✅," he captioned the snap.
On April 27, Billy Ray Cyrus, 59, revealed he'd completed his COVID-19 vaccine protocol. "Just got my second shot! Fully vaccinated!!!" the country music star tweeted alongside a photo of a Band-Aid on his tattooed arm.
On April 24, Kerry Washington, 44, took to Instagram to share a few post-shot pics. "Baby Got Vaxxed! For my family. For the people I love. And for all of YOU! Are you vaccinated yet? Who are you vaxxing for?" she captioned the slideshow.
"I got the Johnson & Johnson [vaccine]," "The Office" star Ed Helms shared on "Late Night With Seth Meyers" on April 27, adding, "I didn't get any side effects or anything."
"I actually fought back tears of gratitude … one step closer," Jenna Dewan, 40, captioned a pic of herself getting vaccinated on her Instagram Stories on April 24.
"Vaccinated & grateful to be so….," "Sex and the City" alum Kim Cattrall, 64, tweeted on April 25.
Chaz Bono, 52, shared a photo of himself getting a shot on Twitter on April 25. "I'm so very grateful to now be fully vaccinated by Pfizer. #VaccinesWork #VaccinesSaveLives #Vaccinated," the trans activist captioned the pic.
Music star Ja Rule, 45, got his first COVID-19 vaccination on April 27, he shared on Twitter. "My first shot done," he said in a video taken during his appointment. "Don't be scared, people. I was scared, but don't be scared."
Comedian Kathy Griffin, 60, got her second dose on April 24, she shared on Instagram. "2nd Moderna shot! Dolly Parton put a 5G mind control chip in my head and I love it!" she captioned her vaccination photo.
"Modern Family" alum Ariel Winter, 23, took to Instagram on April 24 to reveal she'd been vaccinated against COVID-19.
On April 23, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, 49, and wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, 45 (who had COVID-19 early in the pandemic), shared on social media that they'd been vaccinated against the coronavirus. "Today, Sophie and I were happy to get our vaccine! And we're encouraging you to get vaccinated when it's your turn," he captioned an Instagram post showing them getting shots at a pharmacy. "We owe it to ourselves, our loved ones, and our front line workers – including those who are administering these vaccines. They're doing such important work, and we can't thank them enough. Whoever you're doing it for, take a second and find out how, when, or where you can get your shot."
"I'm fully vaccinated," actor John Cusack, 54, shared on Twitter on April 20.
On April 19, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, 25, revealed that he's been vaccinated against COVID-19, explaining that becoming a first-time father two months earlier inspired him. "To me, it was more of a personal decision with having a baby girl and knowing I was going to be around people," the football star told reporters as his NFL team began their offseason program. "I wanted to make sure I did whatever I could to help keep her healthy."
Writer-actress Mindy Kaling, 41, revealed on Instagram on April 19 that she's been vaccinated against the coronavirus. "Vaxx'd wax'd and ready to pay my tax," she wrote.
Actress Sofia Vergara, 48, posted a boomerang image of herself getting vaccinated against COVID-19 on Instagram on April 18. "I did it for my family, I did it for my friends that cant do it because of the harsh medical treatments they're receiving, I did it so that we can all get our lives back. I did it because to me it's the right thing to do!💉💉🩹🩹 Who are you doing it for??❤️❤️❤️," the "America's Got Talent" judge captioned her post.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, 32, and his wife, music star Ciara, 35, hosted NBC's "Roll Up Your Sleeves" vaccination special, which aired on April 18 — during which the spouses both got vaccinated against COVID-19.
Reality TV star and businesswoman Bethenny Frankel, 50, posted this pic of herself after she got vaccinated against COVID-19 on her Instagram Story on April 18.
On April 17, country music star Brett Eldredge, 35, posted a photo of himself getting vaccinated on Twitter. "Getting vaccinated is rock and roll….thanks so much to all the health care workers and everyone out there helping us all through this wild ride! One step closer to the staggggge…where should we come play first?" he captioned the snapshot.
"Stay" singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb, 53, took to Twitter on April 16 to share a post-shot pic. "Vaccinated!" she captioned the shot.
"Today, I got the shot!!! I hope that you do too! Thank you Nurse Torres!!! 💙," Ivanka Trump, 39, captioned this photo of herself getting vaccinated in Miami on April 14.
Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones, 51, got her second COVID-19 vaccine shot on April 14. "2nd shot this morning!! So happy! I have a megawatt smile under my mask! 😷," she shared on Instagram alongside a masked selfie.
Music star Maluma, 27, shared this post-vaccine selfie on Instagram on April 13. "Vacuna Lista / Vaccine done 💉✅ — #PapiJuanchoUsaTour is coming, get your tickets on @ticketmaster / ya viene #PapiJuanchoUsaTour compra tus boletos en @ticketmaster," he captioned the snap.
Rapper Iggy Azalea, 30, took to Twitter on April 10 to share that she got a COVID-19 vaccine shot. "I'm vaccinated! Wooo hooo! If you don't know anyone who's done it, you know me b****."
On April 12, "Happy Days" and "Barry" star Henry Winkler, 75, confirmed he got the shots. "Double Vaccinated.. it['s] good for the whole community," he tweeted.
On April 11, Katie Couric, 64, and husband John Molner, 58, got their second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine together. "Big day! I know I posted this on stories but I am so stoked that I got poked with my final vaccine along with @johnmolner 👍🏼❤️💪🏼 (He wasn't finding me very amusing) We got a @pfizerinc and so far, so good!!! Have you all been vaccinated? How did you do? Thanks a million to nurses like Victoria, scientists, pharmacists and everyone who has been so important to this effort! #yipee," she captioned a video slideshow of their jabs on Instagram.
People magazine reported that Bravo host Andy Cohen, 52, who had COVID-19 early in the pandemic in 2020, received his second vaccine shot in early April 2021, which he documented on his Instagram Story.
Even superheroes need a little help from science to stay safe during a pandemic, as Hugh Jackman reminded his Instagram followers on April 8. "Wolverine's healing ability can't save me from Covid. But the vaccine can," he captioned a pic of himself, mid-COVID-19 vaccination. "Get it!"
Britney Spears was surprised to find she felt zero when she got vaccinated for COVID-19. "What did you think of the vaccine?" the pop singer's boyfriend, Sam Asghari, asked in a video Britney shared on Instagram on April 8. "The people on the internet said it was really bad like a bullet through your arm," she said, looking into the camera. "It was nothing. I felt nothing. I'm fine, and I hope I continue to stay fine!" Britney added, before throwing her hand up for a high-five with Sam. "Got the COVID vaccine 😳💉 …. Great success 😂 …," she captioned the post, referencing "Borat." "High-five 🖐🏻 !!!!!"
Savannah Guthrie showed off the bandage on her shot site after receiving her first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on the "Today" show on April 7.
"Today" show stars Dylan Dreyer, Sheinelle Jones, Craig Melvin, Hoda Kotb, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie posed outside the show's NBC studios after several of them received COVID-19 vaccines live on the air along with co-star Jenna Bush Hager (not pictured) on their morning show on April 7. (Hoda and Al got their shots earlier in the year.)
Country music star Eric Church was photographed getting his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for the cover of the April 3 issue of Billboard magazine. (See the cool video treatment here.) "I view [the vaccines] as a God-sent miracle," he told Billboard. "It became very clear to me that the only way to really get back to normal is through vaccinations. You've got to get needles in arms."
Busy Philipps celebrated her COVID-19 vaccination finish line in style, with a green and white mask to match her green, white and pink plaid jacket. "Just 2 fully vaccinated bbs," she captioned an Instagram selfie with screenwriter husband Marc Silverstein to mark the milestone on April 7.
Amanda Seyfried posted this photo of herself and husband Thomas Sadoski after they got their COVID-19 vaccines at a Walgreens pharmacy on March 31. "It's better than OK to get vaccinated because states are rapidly expanding eligibility. Schedule, get your name on a list (we did in Georgia), or contact your local Covid Angels as soon as you can. We're gonna get to the end of this together!" she captioned the snapshot.
"Fully jabbed! Fully grateful!" Julia Louis-Dreyfus captioned this pic of herself getting vaccinated on April 1.
Mariah Carey shared a fun and funny Instagram video of herself preparing for and getting her first coronavirus vaccine shot on April 3. "Encouraging you guys to do it when you can," the music legend, 52, said as the clip ended, adding, "We're all in this together."
Country music singer Kelsea Ballerini, 27, shared this pic on Instagram on April 3 after getting a COVID-19 vaccine shot. "Closer to being closer," she captioned the snap.
"Today" show star-turned-talk show host Tamron Hall, 50, took to Instagram on April 3 to celebrate getting her COVID-19 vaccine. "Love and gratitude to the volunteers and staff @templehealth who are tirelessly working answering questions and giving the vaccine. @templeuniv #templemade," she captioned this photo of herself getting the jab.
"Round 2 and feeling good. 💉🖤🌎," Aaron Paul captioned this vaccine shot he posted on Instagram on April 1.
Blake Lively, 33, took to Instagram to share a photo of herself getting her COVID-19 vaccine on March 31. "Find you someone who looks at you like I look at the heroic nurse vaccinating me. 💕," she captioned the pic. Her famous husband also got vaccinated and posted about it on social media the same day… Keep reading to see what husband Ryan Reynolds had to say about getting a shot of his own…
On March 31, Ryan Reynolds, 44, took to Instagram to share a photo of himself getting his COVID-19 vaccine — and to crack a joke aimed at vaccine conspiracy theorists: "Finally got 5G," he captioned the pic.
"So glad to have finally got my jab 💉 Thanks to all the hardworking scientists and healthcare workers !! I cannot tell you how good it feels to see the light at the end of the tunnel. In this together!! 😍🥲😷," actress Naomi Watts, 52, captioned this post-coronavirus-vaccine selfie on Instagram on March 31.
On March 30, Oprah Winfrey shared the news that she'd been vaccinated via an essay for her Oprah Daily platform, though she didn't say when she got it. Oprah explained that no one — not even best friend Gayle King — could breach the safety bubble she and partner Stedman Graham had created without quarantining for 14 days in her guest house. She said she only left her bubble twice — to have an eye infection treated and to get a mammogram she'd delayed for three months. Then came the vaccine. "The first shot, I wanted to cry but didn't, just from the overwhelming sense of relief. I'd had pneumonia the previous year, and my lungs were still sensitive," she wrote. "I was very much afraid of the toll COVID-19 would take on me; it's why I was so super strict about the goings and comings of everyone in my space." Oprah continued, "After the second vaccination shot, I didn't feel well for about 30 hours. I had all the classic symptoms: fever, chills, lethargy. But it was such a small inconvenience to be protected against a virus that's killed so many," she explained. "I thought a lot during that time about the more than half million people in this country who lost their lives because of this virus, and what they had to endure." She added that after her second dose, "I felt like superwoman," but she continues to be extremely careful. "It hasn't changed my habits. I've still gone nowhere other than to do the interview with [Duchess] Meghan and [Prince] Harry."
Barbra Streisand and husband James Brolin completed their vaccinates in March. "Jim and I feel so much more protected after having our second vaccine shot and we hope the rest of you get protected too," she tweeted on March 29.
"My vaccine time has finally come!" actress-activist Jessica Chastain, 44, captioned this post-shot pic on Instagram on March 29. "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 🙂."
On March 28, comedian Amy Schumer posted a funny Instagram video chronicling her COVID-19 vaccine experience in New York City. She entertained health care workers with a little stand-up during the 15-minute period she waited to make sure there were no immediate side effects from the shot, and she wore a glamorous gold sequined cocktail dress for the whole thing — but she cut a hole in the left arm to accommodate the jab! Amy, 39, explained her style choice in her caption, writing, "Support @pencilsforkidsinc take a pic of yourself getting the vaccine in your best suit or nicest dress. Use #downtogown … @guyoseary will donate 5 dollars for each suit or dress to pencils4kids.org thanks guy!"
On March 27, actress-activist Rosario Dawson took to Instagram to share that she "was thrilled to get my first vaccine shot at Essex County College and Essex County's COVID Vaccination Center [in New Jersey] today." The 41-year-old star went on to tell her followers, "You know, the science tells us that these vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID infection and serious illness. They are the best weapon we have — along with mask-wearing, social distancing, hand-washing, and other measures recommended by the CDC and public health officials — to combat the deadly pandemic that has been ravaging our country and our communities for the past year. And if enough people get the vaccine, they have the potential to help end this once and for all."
During the March 26 episode of "CBS This Morning," "Black-ish" star Anthony Anderson, 50, opened up about getting vaccinated — with his mother — earlier in the week. "My mother was on the fence about it for the longest time and she finally had come around. I'm the one that is afraid of the needle," he said. "It was something that was important for us to do. Both of us have preexisting conditions as type 2 diabetics, my mother is of a certain age, and we felt it best to document this and to get our shots not only to protect ourselves but to protect our family and to protect our community."
Arsenio Hall, 65, Danny Trejo, 76, and Magic Johnson, 61, posed for a photo after they all got COVID-19 vaccine shots on the rooftop of a parking structure at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on March 24 as a part of a vaccination awareness event.
"Got my first vaccine. Come to @coreresponse / Carbon Health. It was easy to get an appointment," Sharon Stone, 63, captioned this photo of herself getting her shot on March 20.
Tara Reid, 45, got her first COVID-19 vaccine jab on March 17, she shared on Instagram two days later. "Got vaccinated I have to you the truth it hurts terrible I feel like I got shot by a gun in my arm #getvaccinated," she captioned a photo of herself being inoculated on Instagram.
"This is shot one," musician Patti Smith, 74, captioned this Instagram photo of herself getting the coronavirus vaccine on March 18.
On March 17, "Modern Family" alum Sarah Hyland took to Instagram to share a photo and video of herself after she got her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. "The luck of the Irish prevailed and HALLELUJAH! I AM FINALLY VACCINATED!!!!! As a person with comorbidities and on immunosuppressants for life, I am so grateful to receive this vaccine," wrote the 30-year-old — who was born with kidney dysplasia and underwent kidney transplants in 2012 and 2017. "I am still remaining safe and following cdc guidelines but once I receive my second dose? I will feel safe enough to go out every once in a while… GROCERY STORE HERE I COME! Thank you to the amazing Drs, nurses, and volunteers working every day to help save people's lives."
Robin Thicke, 44, and fiancé April Love Geary, 26, got their first COVID-19 vaccine shot on March 17, the mother of three shared on Instagram with this photo and the caption, "Couples who get the vaccine together, stay together."
On March 16, comedy star Louie Anderson, 67, told talk show host Conan O'Brien that he'd just received his second vaccine dose near his home in Henderson, Nevada. "I just got my second shot, and right after I got it, maybe an hour [later], I started [feeling] nauseated, I was feeling sick. I called the doctor, I go, 'Can [side effects] happen that fast?' And then I went, 'Oh, wait, I did stop and get White Castle on the way home.' So that could have been [it]."
Whoopi Goldberg announced on "The View" on March 10 that she'd receieved her first COVID-19 vaccination shot in New York City. "I was sweating," she said. After getting the jab, she thought, "You know what, I do feel better." Whoopi pleaded with her fellow Americans to get the shot. "This is no joke," she said. "People are still dying."
After debating whether or not to get the COVID-19 vaccine during her pregnancy, Katy Tur decided it was time. On March 11, she got her first dose in New York City. In explaining her decision on her show, "MSNBC Live with Katy Tur," she said, "As a pregnant lady — I'm seven months now — once upon a time I thought that I would probably be at the very back of the line, that I wouldn't get the vaccine until I had the baby. But after a COVID scare recently at my own house and conversations with several doctors … I signed up and today I got stuck."
Former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama dropped a PSA on March 11 to encourage others to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The PSA flashed images of the men (and their former first ladies) getting their shots. The men spoke of the importance of getting the vaccine and of their excitement for a post-COVID world. Bill said, "I want to be able to go back to work, and I want to be able to move around." He added, "We've lost enough people and we suffered enough damage." George said that what he's "really looking forward to is going to opening day at Texas Rangers stadium with a full stadium." He added, "In order to get rid of this pandemic, it's important for our fellow citizens to get vaccinated." Barack said he's looking forward to seeing family again. "This vaccine means hope," he said. "It will protect you and those you love from this dangerous and deadly disease."
Famed cellist Yo Yo Ma celebrated his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by performing a brief concert for some Massachusetts residents. After getting the shot on March 13, the 65-year-old musician took a seat against the wall of Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield and played his cello for 15 minutes. Just before getting his shot, he tweeted, "Our recovery starts with the equitable distribution of vaccines. #OnlyTogether can we end the pandemic."
"Sex and the City" star Kim Cattrall got her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on March 10. "They've expanded the vaccine eligibility age in New York! Made my appt yesterday and got the shot this morning," she captioned a photo of herself getting the jab. "Good work NY!"
Legendary NASCAR driver Richard Petty, 83, got his COVID-19 vaccine in North Carolina, the state's Department of Health and Human Services revealed on March 10 in a video showing No. 43 getting his shot on March 10. "It didn't only help me, it helps my family around me and all the people I associate with so you're not only helping yourself, you're helping your neighbors also," Richard says in the clip. "I might have been a little hesitant to begin with, but after looking at all the statistics, I don't see anything — after you take the shot, everybody seems to get along with it pretty good."
The Dalai Lama, Tibet's 85-year-old spiritual leader, received his first COVID-19 vaccine shot in Dharamsala, India, on March 6.
On March 8, singer-songwriter Carole King, 79, shared photos and video of herself getting vaccinated against COVID-19. "Thanks to all the vaccinators!! #COVID19Vaccination #VaccinesSaveLives," she captioned one post on Twitter.
Actor and CNN food show host Stanley Tucci, 60, who's been living in London, revealed on the March 4 episode of "Live With Kelly and Ryan" that he's received his COVID-19 vaccine.
On March 3, "Stranger Things" star David Harbour, 45, shared on Instagram that he'd been vaccinated against COVID-19. "Protect the ones you love. My doc told me I qualified (fortunately?) cause of [stuff] I don't need to get into. You may too. And if you click those state and city websites over and over there are appointments available," he captioned a photo of himself in a mask. "Do it and let's get back into those too tightly seated New York theaters and have actors spit all over premium seat priced patrons. The internet tells me I will grow calf hooves from my torso, but that may take a few days, I'll keep you posted."
On March 5, a spokesperson for the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed to CNN that all nine justices had received the coronavirus vaccine. "The Justices have all been fully vaccinated," public information officer Kathy Arberg emailed the outlet.
On March 2, Dolly Parton shared photos and video of herself getting her first dose of the Moderna vaccine at Vanderbilt Health in Tennessee — she even changed the lyrics to her hit song "Jolene" and sang a vaccine-focused ditty to encourage fans to get the shot too. She captioned this Instagram pic, "Dolly gets a dose of her own medicine" for good reason: The country music legend, 75, helped fund the jab's early development last year at the start of the pandemic with a $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which worked with Moderna to develop the vaccine. Dolly took to Instagram again on April 2 to share a photo of herself getting her second dose of the vaccine.
Reality TV star Farrah Abraham, 29, posted a video on Instagram showing herself getting vaccinated against COVID-19 on March 1. The "Teen Mom" alum captioned the clip, "G.I Joe – Mom reporting for duty #covidvacccine complete ✅ woman who have compromised immune systems prioritize your #covid19 vaccine 💉 #womanshistorymonth #health #safety #farrahabraham #parents #lucky #minority #minoritiesinmedicine #immunesystem."
Fashion designer Marc Jacobs, 57, shared a social media photo of himself getting vaccinated in New York City on March 2. "I've been Pfizer'd. @nyulangone @pfizerinc #nottodaymissrona #NYU #thankyouhealthcareworkers #feelinFauci #gratefulnothateful," he captioned the snapshot.
Donald Trump, 74, and wife Melania Trump, 50, quietly received coronavirus vaccinations in January before they left the White House, an adviser told The New York Times on March 1 — one day after the former president publicly said for the first time that "everyone" should get the shot in his remarks at the CPAC political conference in Orlando, Florida. The news sparked criticism as many believe the Trumps, who had COVID-19 in October 2020, could have helped counter vaccine hesitancy among his supporters had they — as many other politicians have done — publicly revealed it at the time.
After getting their COVID-19 vaccines, America's oldest living former president, Jimmy Carter, 96, and wife Rosalynn Carter, 93, returned to their beloved Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, for services, their pastor and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library Twitter account publicly shared on Feb. 25.
KISS rocker Paul Stanley, 69, took to Twitter on Feb. 16 to tell fans he'd been fully inoculated against COVID-19. "I got my SECOND COVID SHOT this morning! So grateful and THRILLED. PLEASE, let's ALL stay safe as possible and continue to watch out for each other," he captioned a selfie with his vaccination card.
On Feb. 6 — a few days after her 67th birthday — supermodel Christie Brinkley posted an Instagram video showing herself driving through New York to get vaccinated in New York City's Queens borough, getting the shot, then waiting 15 minutes in her car with her son to be certain she didn't have any immediate side effects. At the end of her playful video, she addressed those who might have some vaccine hesitancy, saying, "For those of you that are on the fence really, to have the piece of mind knowing that if you should contract it, it's not going to be fatal, you're going to be able to get over it. Do yourself a favor, do your community a favor, do your family a favor and get vaccinated. You'll be glad you did."
On Feb. 23, actress Isabella Rossellini took to Instagram to share a photo of herself after being vaccinated against COVID-19. "Second dose of covid vaccine done!" she captioned a pic that showed a Band-Aid on her arm.
On Feb. 19, "Murphy Brown" star Candice Bergen took to Instagram to reveal she's received her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Her helpful tip for people her age? "The second shot is the one people feel. Elderly people. Like myself," the 74-year-old actress wrote on Instagram.
During a Feb. 16 appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," singer-actress Bette Midler, 75, revealed she'd received both doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and was feeling "incredibly relieved." As for side effects from the shots, she explained, "My arm hurt a tiny little bit and I was a little bit tired for a couple of days."
On Feb. 12, Broadway actor and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" star Tituss Burgess took to Instagram to tell followers in a video that he'd been vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Moderna jab. When a follower asked how he was able to get it since he was 41 at the time, he said he was "the highest risk."
Fashion designer Vera Wang, 71, shared a photo of herself getting vaccinated against COVID-19 on Feb. 5 on Instagram. "Here we go…. getting it done. Doing my part," she wrote alongside the snapshot.
Former "Southern Charm" star Cameran Eubanks, 37, shared a vaccination selfie on Instagram on Feb. 9, revealing her participation in a vaccine trial. "Excited to take part in the #Novavax phase 3 vaccine trial. 💉🧬. Science is cool and I am grateful for it! #LabRat #AintScared," she captioned the snapshot.
On Feb. 22, "Queer Eye" star Jonathan Van Ness, 33, took to Instagram to reveal he's received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine now that it's available in New York to people, like him, who are HIV positive. "In NY, where I'm working the vaccine program expanded to include people w pre-existing conditions, being HIV+ is one of the conditions that allows folks to be vaccinated, so if you're HIV+ please check your states guidelines to see if you're eligible and get vaccinated against covid-19!" he wrote. "There was a list of other conditions that allows for vaccination so wherever you are check the lists and see if you can get in line. Some places like Cali will give leftover doses but just see what's happening in your area. Had I not been looking online everyday I wouldn't have seen, so def get involved with your search." He added, "This was my first shot and other than minor soreness in my arm had no side effects and will get my second shot in a few weeks." JVN further advised fans, "Definitely need patience, resolve, access to internet to do this so plz if you can help others obtain information or access plz so that."
On Feb. 19, "The Talk" co-host Amanda Kloots — who lost husband Nick Cordero to complications of the coronavirus in 2020 — got the vaccine after waiting for hours outside a Los Angeles clinic to see if extra doses were available at the end of the day, something that's become a very common practice. "I went to a site and waited in my car until all appointments were over in hopes that they had any extra vaccines. I was fully prepared to be turned away, but they said they had enough tonight for everyone waiting. I cannot tell you how emotional I was and still am right now," she said on Instagram. However, a few haters online were less than thrilled that Amanda, 38, got the dose, as she's not an essential worker. After the "vaccine shaming," Amanda defended herself on Instagram and maintained she did nothing wrong. "We should not be shaming anyone who gets this vaccine that will help America get back on track," she said. "Waiting standby at a vaccination site is not a new thing. People have been doing this since the rollout. Sometimes you're turned away and sometimes there are extra vaccines that would otherwise go unused if your arm wasn't there, ready to go. Here is what I will not stand for…being told I did something wrong, that I cheated the system, that I used celebrity privilege, that I took a vaccine away from an elderly person or essential worker! How dare you say that to me or to anyone that has waited standby?! These extra vaccines are only given out after all appointments are over."
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."
"Shark Tank" star Barbara Corcoran, 71, got the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 12, 2021. "Got my second vaccine today at 4 AM and I feel like I won the lottery!" she captioned her Instagram post.
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.
Author Stephen King got his coronavirus vaccine in Florida, where he now lives. "I waited for a vaccination appointment, and patience was rewarded. Drive-thru in Pasco County. Moderna. No adverse effects. I think it was the National Guard running the show. Very cool. Get it done, folks. Let's kill this thing," he tweeted on Feb. 5.
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.
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.