Sir Ian McKellen received the coronavirus vaccine in London: ‘I feel very lucky’

Sir Ian McKellen is 81 years old. He was born in 1939. Think of all the things he’s seen and survived throughout his life – when he was just a child, he survived WWII and the Battle of Britain. He was born years before there was a polio vaccine. His mother passed away when he was 12 years old. He survived the 1960s and 1970s. He survived disco! He survived the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. He survived and thrived as a gay man during eras of entrenched and violent homophobia. And now, at the age of 81, he’s survived the coronavirus pandemic. Sir Ian was vaccinated this week in London.

Sir Ian McKellen is feeling “euphoric” after receiving the vaccine for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). McKellen, 81, was given the first of two doses at London’s Queen Mary’s University Hospital on Wednesday, the Evening Standard reported.

“It’s a very special day, I feel euphoric,” the Oscar nominee said, per the British news outlet.

“Anyone who has lived as long as I have is alive because they have had previous vaccinations,” the Lord of the Rings star said, “the take up amongst the older generation will be 100 percent — 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.”

McKellen said that he feels “very lucky to have had the vaccine,” and encouraged others to get it as well. “Of course, it’s painless,” the actor said of the shot. “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, I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone.”

[From People]

I don’t have any issue with famous people receiving the first rounds of the vaccine when those people are elderly. I think it really helps to raise awareness of the vaccine and the vaccine’s efficacy when someone like Sir Ian takes it and speaks about it publicly. He’s probably going to help a lot of independently-living seniors make up their minds to get the vaccine. I hope Ian’s senior friends, like Patrick Stewart and Dame Judi Dench, also take the vaccine and speak about it publicly. This needs to be part of a huge, grassroots promotional campaign to ensure public trust in the vaccines.

— NHS England and NHS Improvement (@NHSEngland) December 16, 2020

— Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) December 17, 2020

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