Sir Ian McKellen received the coronavirus vaccine in London and he hopes to convince other people to do the same as soon as possible.
The 81-year-old “Lord of the Rings” star was one of the first in the country to receive the vaccine from Pfizer. He received the first admission to Queen Mary’s University Hospital in London, according to the Evening Standard. The outlet reports that he called the injection “painless” and encouraged everyone, especially the elderly, to get the vaccine when they could, stressing how important it is to others.
“It’s a very special day, I feel euphoric,” he said. “Anyone who has lived as long as I have is living because they’ve had previous vaccinations, the uptake among the older generation is going to be 100 percent – it should be – because you not only have it for yourself, but also for people you is close to – you do your part for society. “
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Then he thanked the frontline workers who have been tirelessly fighting the virus around the world for months.
“Of course it’s painless … it’s convenient, and getting in touch and meeting the NHS staff and thanking them for how hard they’ve worked is a bonus, I’d have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone.”
The “X-Men” actor noted that he feels “lucky” to be one of the first to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
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Across the pond in the US, the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine were distributed on Monday. The first person to receive it in the United States was Sandra Lindsay, an intensive care nurse in New York. She echoed some of McKellen’s feelings about the vaccine, noting that it was painless and encouraging everyone to do their part to fight the coronavirus by getting it as soon as it is available to them.
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“We have to keep fighting. The finish line is near,” Lindsay told Fox News. “The light is brighter at the end of the tunnel, but we must do our part, and we must unite to end this pandemic once and for all.”
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As of Thursday morning, the novel coronavirus has infected more than 74,325,035 people in 191 countries and territories, killing at least 1,651,150. In the US, all 50 states plus the District of Columbia have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19, with more than 16,980,842 illnesses and at least 307,512 deaths.