The celebrities who've received the coronavirus vaccine

Amy Johnson
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The initial rollout of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine is well under way in the UK, with priority groups including care home workers, NHS staff and those aged 80 and over.

As a result, some of the UK's more mature celebrities are eligible for it and have been sharing their experiences of getting the first jab.

The vaccine is administered in two doses, with the second one coming at least 21 days after the first.

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Some have spoken about their reasons for getting it and have used their platform to encourage others to get vaccinated if they can.

Here are the stars who’ve spoken publicly about receiving the vaccine.

Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen felt "euphoric" to be given the vaccine at Queen Mary's University Hospital in London.

The 81-year-old actor said: "Anyone who has lived as long as I have is alive because they have had previous vaccinations."

The Lord of the Rings star also heaped praise on the NHS, saying he "wouldn't be alive" if it wasn't for the service.

In a post to Twitter, he added: "I feel very lucky to have had the vaccine. I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone."

Prue Leith

Prue Leith described the vaccine as a "painless jab" when she shared a photo of herself getting it done.

In the snap, the 80-year-old was masked-up as a medic touched the injection site on her upper arm, appearing to hold a needle in the other hand.

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"Who wouldn't want immunity from #Covid19 with a painless jab?? #vaccine," the Great British Bake Off judge captioned the photograph.

Her Bake Off co-star Noel Fielding commented: “Always the most classy glamorous person in the room x love you Prue x.”

While fellow judge Paul Hollywood added: “Well done Prue x.”

Lionel Blair

Lionel Blair, age 92, receives the first of two injections with a dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine at a NHS vaccine centre that has been set up in the grounds of Epsom Racecourse on December 16, 2020 in Epsom, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Lionel Blair, age 92, receives the first of two injections with a dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine at a NHS vaccine centre that has been set up in the grounds of Epsom Racecourse on December 16, 2020 in Epsom, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Dancer and presenter Lionel Blair said it meant a "great deal" to have been given the jab.

The 92-year-old had his administered at an NHS vaccine centre, set up in the grounds of the horse racing course at Epsom, Surrey.

“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. “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 whole thing means a great deal to me," he added.

Marty Wilde

Marty Wilde was among the first celebrities to get a vaccine. (Marty Wilde/PA)
Marty Wilde was among the first celebrities to get a vaccine. (Marty Wilde/PA)

Rock and roll's Marty Wilde was among one of the first famous faces to get the vaccine in the week it was rolled-out.

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“Having just had my Covid injection I can honestly say it was an easy experience, if that’s the right word. It was painless and the staff were great,” he told ITV following the vaccination.

On his reasons for wanting to be among the first to have it done, he said: "Because I think it is common sense. You look at the amount of people who have died over this last six to eight months and then you think how you can protect yourself. It’s common sense. The whole thing is just the right thing to do. You need an injection.”

Michael Whitehall

Michael Whitehall, the 80-year-old father of comedian Jack Whitehall and his frequent co-star, also shared a snap of himself in hospital getting the first part of the vaccine.

He joked: “Here was I worrying about a little prick, no, not @jackwhitehall, which was brilliantly organised by @GSTTnhs.

"Thank you to all the kind and wonderful NHS staff who administered my COVID-19 vaccine last night. See you for little prick No 2 in January.”

Michael Eavis

Michael Eavis collects the Best Festival Award on stage during the NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas at the O2 Brixton Academy, London.
Michael Eavis collects the Best Festival Award on stage during the NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas at the O2 Brixton Academy, London.

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis received his COVID vaccination on New Year's Eve.

The 85-year-old had his administered at a vaccination site at Mendip District Council offices in Shepton Mallet, close to the festival site in Somerset.

He said of the jab: “It is great that everyone across the country will be offered the vaccine in due course. It is really important that everyone takes the opportunity to have the free vaccine when it is offered to them – it is our only real chance of protecting ourselves and our friends and family from this disease.”

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He added: “As far as the Festival is concerned, wouldn’t it be wonderful to get the majority of our population vaccinated before June 2021, so that we can celebrate next summer in proper ‘Glastonbury style’.”

Last year's festival was cancelled due to the virus but the Glastonbury team haven't confirmed whether or not the 2021 event will go ahead.

Judi Dench

Dame Judi Dench attends the 21st British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate on December 02, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Dame Judi Dench attends the 21st British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate on December 02, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

In January, Judi Dench shared that she had her first vaccination and called it a "great start".

The 86-year-old told BBC News: “I had one a week ago. I think my next is in something like 11 weeks time. That’s a great start.”

David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough addresses the UK Climate Assembly on January 25, 2020 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Richard Stonehouse/Getty Images)
Sir David Attenborough addresses the UK Climate Assembly on January 25, 2020 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Richard Stonehouse/Getty Images)

Sir David Attenborough was confirmed to have had the jab in January.

The 94-year-old broadcaster had previously spoke of his concern that “people will take their eyes off the environmental issue” because of COVID-19.

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He said back in September 2020 that the pandemic “has caused, and will continue to cause, immense suffering”.

“If there is hope that can come out of it, then that may arise from the whole world having experienced a shared threat and found a sense that we are all in it together,” he said at the time.

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