After many months of anxious waiting, the COVID-19 vaccine arrived in December 2020. And although it might take a while for a majority of American citizens to have access to it, several health workers and public figures have already received the injection. President-elect Joe Biden, Vice President Mike Pence, and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are just a few of the politicians getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Phase 1 of the vaccine has already been completed - they must return in a few weeks for Phase 2.
Other celebrities who received the COVID-19 vaccine are acting legend Sir Ian McKellan, filmmaker Oliver Stone, and The Bachelorette contestant Joe Park. Each one of these celebrities expressed their support for the scientists working on the development of the vaccine. CNN corespondent Stephanie Elam got vaccinated to dispel any fears felt by certain minority groups about getting vaccinated. Everyone on this list is confident the injection will save lives and give people a feeling of safety. However, they also stress the importance of social distancing and wearing masks, even as the vaccine becomes more widespread. What other celebrities are getting the COVID-19 vaccine?
Keep reading for more COVID vaccine updates, and to learn more about all of the influential politicians, entertainers, and journalists who received the coronavirus vaccine so far.
The TODAY Show documented Al Roker receiving Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccination at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, on January 19, 2021.
Roker explained the process of qualifying for the vaccine, because he "didn't want to jump the line." He said, "All weekend long, I went on the New York state Health dot Gov website and kept logging in and adding in my information, kept logging in, and logging in. I kept hitting refresh, refresh, refresh on the browser, and finally got in… They put up a certain number of appointments each day and then, luck of the draw.”Albert Lincoln Roker Jr. (born August 20, 1954) is an American weather forecaster, journalist, television personality, actor, and author. He is the current weather anchor on NBC's Today. Roker also serves as co-host on Third Hour Today; although the latter not officially announced by NBC News. He has an inactive American Meteorological Society Television Seal #238.On November 12, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Roker attempted to beat the unofficial world record for an uninterrupted live weather report of 33 hours held by Norwegian weather broadcaster Eli Kari Gjengedal. On November 14, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, Roker set the Guinness World Record by reporting for ...more
- Birthplace: Queens, New York, USA
Martha Stewart took to Instagram on January 11, 2021, to share a boomerang of herself getting prepped to receive the vaccine.
"...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. I am excited to have received my dosage and look forward to the booster,' 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."Martha Helen Stewart (née Kostyra; Polish pronunciation: [kɔ'stɨra]; born August 3, 1941) is an American retail businesswoman, writer, television personality, former model, and convicted felon. As founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, she gained success through a variety of business ventures, encompassing publishing, broadcasting, merchandising, and e-commerce. She has written numerous bestselling books, is the publisher of Martha Stewart Living magazine, and hosted two syndicated television programs, Martha, which ran from 2005 to 2012, and Martha Stewart Living, which ran from 1993 to 2004. In 2004, Stewart was convicted of charges related to the ImClone stock trading case. There ...more
- Birthplace: Nutley, New Jersey, USA
Sir Ian KcKellen took to social media on December 16, 2020, to share that he had received the vaccine. He described his motivation, his experience, and urged fans to consider getting the vaccine as well.
"It’s a very special day, Anyone who has lived as long as I have is alive because they have had previous vaccinations, 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. 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, I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone. I feel very lucky to have had the vaccine," McKellen said on Instagram.Sir Ian Murray McKellen (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor. His career spans genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and two Critics' Choice Awards. He has also received nominations for two Academy Awards, five Primetime Emmy Awards and four BAFTAs. He achieved worldwide fame for his film roles, including the titular King in Richard III (1995), James Whale in Gods and Monsters (1998), Magneto in the X-Men films, and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit ...more
- Birthplace: Burnley, United Kingdom
President-elect Joe Biden didn't hesitate to get vaccinated on December 21, 2020. He shared a photo to Instagram reassuring Americans that they should take the vaccine when available.
"To the scientists and researchers who worked tirelessly to make this possible — thank you. We owe you an awful lot," Biden wrote in his post. "And to the American people — know there is nothing to worry about. When the vaccine is available, I urge you to take it."Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. (/ˈbaɪdən/ BY-dən; born November 20, 1942) is an American politician serving as the 46th and current president of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, Biden previously served as the 47th vice president from 2009 to 2017. He represented Delaware in the United States Senate from 1973 to 2009.
- Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States of America