British actor Ian McKellen, who played Wizard Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings films, said he was euphoric after receiving the first dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and called on everyone who was offered the discipline.
The state-run National Health Service (NHS), which runs Britain’s COVID mass vaccination program, has posted several images of McKellen in a blue T-shirt and rainbow-striped scarf while raising his shot with his thumb.
– This is a very special day. I feel euphoric, ”McKellen (81) quoted in an NHS post he retweeted.
– I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone. I feel very lucky to be vaccinated.
Since its launch on December 8, nearly 140,000 people have received their first dose of Pfizer vaccine in the UK. People over the age of 80 are in the highest priority group.
Since the 1960s, British stage and screen star McKellen gained new global fame in the 2000s when he appeared in the role of Gandalf in films based on JRR Tolkien’s novels and directed by Peter Jackson.
He was the latest British celebrity to go public about the reception of the COVID-19 vaccine as part of an effort to reassure members of the public who have doubts about the safety of the jab.
80-year-old chef and cook writer Prue Leith, who airs the high-rated TV show “The Great British Bake Off,” also took a picture of him when he got the shot.
It is not known whether the 94-year-old Queen Elizabeth and her husband, the 99-year-old Prince Philip, have already been vaccinated. The Times reported that if they knew, they could “communicate”.
The Queen is highly respected in Britain and her support would be a strong message against anti-vaccination misinformation.
Estelle Shirbon report, edited by Elizabeth Piper