Sir Ian McKellen feels 'euphoric' as he receives coronavirus vaccine
Sir Ian McKellen has become one of the first stars to receive the coronavirus vaccine.
It was revealed that the actor, 81, was able to have the injection as part of the first vaccine rollouts made by the NHS amid the pandemic.
Over 80s are the first eligible group for the Covid-19 vaccine, with NHS staff and care home staff among those given priority.
Sir Ian was pictured having his vaccine and later said that he ‘feels euphoric’ after being injected and getting to thank the NHS staff firsthand who have been busy working on the frontline this year.
‘It’s a very special day, I feel euphoric – anyone who has lived as long as I have is alive because they have had previous vaccination,’ Sir Ian said.
‘The take up amongst the older generation will be 100% – it ought to be, because you’re having it not just for yourself, but for people who you are close to. You’re doing your bit for society.’
Reassuring those who may have concerns about the vaccine, Sir Ian added: ‘Of course, it’s painless… it’s convenient and getting in touch and meeting NHS staff, and saying thank you to them for how hard they’ve been working is a bonus.’
The Lord of the Rings star said: ‘I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone. I feel very lucky to have had the vaccine.’
It comes after Sir Ian was seen addressing the government’s handling of the pandemic and claimed they ‘underestimated’ the public’s willingness to follow rules.
Speaking after the first national lockdown in March, Ian said: ‘People are very happy to obey orders, in this democracy, if they see it’s coming from a sensible place. The government didn’t quite trust us to be grown up.’
However, the movie talent did add that he’s ‘awfully glad’ not to be in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s shoes, claiming: ‘Whatever you do, you’re going to get it wrong.’
Like Sir Ian, Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith and Jack Whitehall’s father Michael are among the elderly stars that have now been vaccinated.
Michael Whitehall, 80, who stars alongside comedian Jack on his Netflix series Travels With My Father, praised the NHS after receiving his vaccination.
Ever the funny man, he wrote on Instagram: ‘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. #nhs.’
Prue, 80, encouraged her fans to follow suit, as she captioned a picture of her preparing for her jab: ‘Who wouldn’t want immunity from #Covid19 with a painless jab?? #vaccine.’
Some, however, have voiced their concerns over the vaccine and how quickly it has been developed, which led to TV doctor, Dr Amir Khan, calling for the UK government to be vaccinated live on television to address the public’s concerns.
Dr Khan assured viewers that the vaccine is safe, as he said it is ‘good news and a step in the right direction’.
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