The ray of sunshine that is Sir Ian McKellen is one of the first celebrities to be given the vaccine against COVID-19 in the UK.
The NHS in the UK has been rolling out the first Pfizer/BioNTech for the past week and a half, with those over the age of 80 the first in line. And now the 'Lord of the Rings' and 'X-Men' actor Sir Ian McKellen has also received the vaccine, stating that he feels "euphoric" after his dose.
After having his first of two doses of the vaccine, McKellen said he would have "no hesitation in recommending it to anyone". He later went on to praise the NHS, saying he wishes to "give them all a big hug".
“It’s a very special day, I feel euphoric. I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone. I feel very lucky to have had the vaccine.”
— NHS London (@NHSEnglandLDN) December 16, 2020
Sir Ian McKellen has received the Covid vaccine. “Anyone who has lived as long as I have is alive because they have had previous vaccinations... you’re having it not just for yourself but for people who you are close to – you’re doing your bit for society.” pic.twitter.com/HpLC5ujVD8
— Jack Blackburn (@HackBlackburn) December 16, 2020
The actor of stage and movies is urging those to get the jab for their own safety, saying: "It is invasive of course, it looks like a weapon - a needle - but it isn't, it's a friend!"
Here's the full interview with Sir Ian McKellen, as he wears his rainbow scarf with pride (and a mask).
'It is invasive of course, it looks like a weapon - a needle - but it isn't, it's a friend!'
The Lord of Rings actor says he would encourage everybody to do the 'sensible thing' and get a jab if they can
— ITV News (@itvnews) December 16, 2020
Just last week, there was another interview that went viral after a 91-year-old man's heartwarming interview about his journey into the hospital to get his own vaccine.