Celebrities and Politicians Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine: See the Photos
Healthcare workers, the elderly and select politicians are among those getting the first rounds of shots
In December 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued emergency use authorization for two COVID-19 vaccines, one by Pfizer and another by Moderna. Days later, vials were delivered to states and frontline healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities began receiving the first of the two doses required for each vaccine. Johnson & Johnson's single-dose vaccine was approved in February 2021 and distribution is beginning imminently.
Many states have started expanding their vaccine programs to senior citizens, teachers, those with pre-existing conditions and essential workers like grocery store employees, per CDC recommendations. For the latest on vaccine rollout in the United States, check your state's official website. And read more on the powerful, personal reasons that celebrities and everyday people alike are getting the shot in PEOPLE's Why I'm Getting Vaccinated series.
Note: Vaccine approvals and rollouts in countries outside the United States are happening on a different timeline.
The 85-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader was given the first shot of the coronavirus vaccine at a hospital in Dharmsala, India.
Speaking to Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest from London on March 4, the 60-year-old actor revealed he'd received his vaccine since he's "so old."
The Stranger Things star shared a picture post-shot in early March, urging followers to "Protect the ones you love." Mentioning he qualified in N.Y.C. because of pre-existing conditions, he also told fans they should check their eligibility so we can "get back into those too tightly seated New York theaters and have actors spit all over premium seat priced patrons."
The singer got "a dose of her own medicine," she joked on March 2 when receiving her vaccine at Vanderbilt Health in Tennessee. In 2020 the country star, 75, donated $1 million to fund Moderna research toward a COVID-19 vaccine. She posted a video of her experience to Instagram, telling followers, "I'm old enough to get it. And I'm smart enough to get it. So I'm very happy that I'm going to get my Moderna shot today. And I want to tell everybody that you should get out there and do it too."
The country queen then sang along to a modified version of her classic hit "Jolene."
"Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine. I'm begging of you, please don't hesitate," she sang. "Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine. Because once you're dead, then that's a bit too late."
Donald & Melania Trump
In February, PEOPLE learned that the former president and first lady — who both had COVID-19 in October — received the vaccine before leaving the White House in January. During a Feb. 28 speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Donald Trump encouraged "everybody" to "go get your shot."
Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter were back at church in February 2021 after receiving their doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The attendance of the oldest living ex-president, now 96, and his wife, 93, was highlighted by Maranatha Baptist's pastor, Tony Lowden, during a recent worship service in Plains, Georgia.
Kloots — whose husband, Nick Cordero, died of COVID-19 last year — went to a drive-through clinic in California at the end of the day in February to see if any leftover vaccines were available ... and there were. Followers of the 38-year-old The Talk host were not thrilled, though she addressed them in an Instagram post, writing, "vaccine shaming should not happen. Everyone should be getting this vaccine, and anyone that gets it, we should be celebrating that one more person has got the vaccine."
"I went to a site and waited in my car until all appointments were over in hopes that they had any extra vaccines," she added, sharing that the couple's young son Elvis was in the car with her. "I was fully prepared to be turned away, but they said they had enough tonight for everyone waiting. I cannot tell you how emotional I was and still am right now."
The 69-year-old KISS rocker proudly showed off his completed vaccination record card on Twitter on Feb. 16. "Let's ALL stay safe as possible and continue to watch out for each other," he wrote.
In a Feb. 17 chat with Jimmy Kimmel, the actress, 75, shared that she'd received both of her COVID-19 vaccine doses and only had a little tiredness afterward. "I'm incredibly relieved," she said. "I'm feeling like, 'Oh I can do anything,' but of course I can't."
In an interview with PEOPLE, Meghan McCain shared that her mother, 66, got her vaccination in late January and finally got to travel from Arizona to N.Y.C. meet The View host's baby girl, Liberty.
Jonathan Van Ness
In getting his shot in late February, the HIV-positive Queer Eye star encouraged others to see if their pre-existing conditions make them eligible, too. "In NY, where I'm working the vaccine program expanded to include people w pre-existing conditions, being HIV+ is one of the conditions that allows folks to be vaccinated, so if you're HIV+ please check your states guidelines to see if you're eligible and get vaccinated against covid-19!" Van Ness wrote on Instagram.
On Feb. 5, the 73-year-old author tweeted about his "very cool" experience getting his shot at a drive-through set-up in Pasco County, Florida. "No adverse effects," he said. "Get it done, folks. Let's kill this thing."
Rather than share a photo of himself getting the shot, the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star gave his firsthand account of the experience and summarized, "10 outta 10 would recommend."
The model/actress, 68, proudly announced she was done with round two on Feb. 23.
Only the 67-year-old supermodel could look this glam while getting her vaccine on Feb. 6.
The Southern Charm star shared on Instagram that she's part of the Novavax phase 3 trial. "Science is cool and I am grateful for it!" she wrote.
Joking she's "elderly," the 74-year-old actress posted a silly selfie from her post-vaccine wait period.
The designer, 71, said she was "doing her part" by getting her shot on Feb. 5 and shared a link to information about the COVID-19 vaccine in her Instagram bio.
The legendary singer posted that she was "relieved" to have her second dose and encouraged others to get theirs as soon as possible.
The rocker, who is living with Parkinson's, announced while doing an interview with wife Sharon (from their bed!) that he'd gotten the shot recently. "It felt like I was being stabbed," he said with a laugh. "My arm was sore yesterday, but I'm glad I got it, you know?"
Prince Charles & Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
At 72 and 73 respectively, Charles and Camilla are in the age range for those who are now being rapidly vaccinated in the U.K. after the over-80s, vulnerable and health workers have received their shots.
The moment was especially poignant for Charles, who contracted coronavirus at the start of the pandemic last March. He was fortunate that he only had "mild symptoms," the palace said. Camilla didn't contract the virus, but she had to self-isolate from Charles in their Scottish home, Birkhall, as he recovered.
The soap star is all set thanks to receiving round two of her Moderna vaccine in early February. "So excited! Easy-peasy," she wrote on Instagram.
The actor, who stars as the Earl of Grantham in the hit historical drama Downton Abbey, is volunteering as a marshall at a COVID-19 vaccination center near his home in Midhurst, West Sussex, where his job is to welcome people and put them at ease ahead of their injections.
"I get to wear a high-vis and be very bossy and go: 'Oi!'," Bonneville, 57, jokingly told BBC News about his volunteer role, adding, "No, it's just to welcome people - as I'm about to do. 'Good morning sir, welcome.' "
As a result, he also got his shot in early February to keep him safe while doing his job.
Alda — who is 85 and was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2015 — coined a new term for a vaccine pic: a "vaxxie."
"I expected soreness, but so far, none," he added following his first shot on Feb 3. "Feeling great."
"Do it! Get it over with," Asner, 91, said as his son filmed him receiving his first dose on Feb. 3.
The 60-year-old actor helped found CORE Response, an organization that helped set up testing sites worldwide. As part of his work with the organization and the Los Angeles Fire Department, Penn received his vaccine on Jan. 26. "I'm a lucky man," he wrote.
"Everyone get your vaccine," the singer, 78, Tweeted along with a picture of his big Feb. 1 moment at Dodger Stadium.
The Star Wars actor, 74, injected a bit of humor into his post-vaccine Instagram.
"Droids don’t get Covid.
But humans do.
Get vaccinated, too.
My thanks to Dr Aboi and the NHS UK," he wrote.
"I've had my jab already," musician Jones said during a performance on New Year's Eve, according to the Daily Mail. "That's one good thing about being 80, you're first in line for the jab."
"Husb and I got our first dose of Moderna Vaccine on Friday in Key West," author Blume, 82, tweeted on Jan. 11. "At last, something good about being 80+ and a 2 year Pan Can survivor (husb). No problems. Less of a sore arm than with flu shot."
The beloved Great British Bake Off judge told the U.K.'s Radio Times in mid January that she and her husband had received the vaccine.
"I would encourage everyone, if it’s offered to them, to definitely have the vaccine," the 85-year-old polio survivor said.
Another star in the 65-plus set, Goldblum, 68, went to the University of Southern California in January for his vaccine, documenting the process on his Instagram stories.
The 83-year-old looked glam as ever getting her shot in the vaccine drive-through — and reassured followers "it doesn't hurt." She posted her round two pic in late February.
Stewart sincerely thanked the healthcare workers delivering shots after a four-hour wait at Dodger Stadium. "In my 80th year, I am grateful and hopeful for better days ahead," he wrote.
The actor, 83, wrote he saw the "light at the end of the tunnel (after one year of self imposed quarantine)."
Several weeks before his family announced that the legendary 94-year-old singer has Alzheimer's, the singer shared an Instagram revealing that he was taking measures to stay healthy by getting the vaccine: "I received the first dose of the Covid 19 vaccination this week and am doing fine and encourage you to do the same!"