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Lord of the Rings star, Sir Ian McKellan gets the COVID-19 Vaccine at QMUL

Posted on: 18 December 2020

Lord of the Rings star, Sir Ian McKellan, 81, was photographed having his Pfizer jab at Queen Mary University of London, which was administered to him by our very own Phillip Bennett Richards. 

Sir Ian McKellan has said he feels "euphoric" after receiving a coronavirus vaccine and urged others to get the COVID-19 vaccine if they could, especially elderly people, adding that the jab was "painless".

Sir Ian said: "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 per cent - 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."

He 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, I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone."

Other celebrities including Great British Bake-Off judge Prue Leith, 80, and rock and roll star Marty Wilde, 81, have also  On Tuesday, Leith tweeted: "Who wouldn't want immunity from Covid-19 with a painless jab?" 

The rollout of the vaccine has begun in the UK - starting with healthcare workers, people living in care homes and the elderly. Those receiving the Pfizer vaccine will be given a booster jab 21 days after their first dose to ensure the best chance of being protected against the virus.