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.
In the weeks since, many states have started expanding their vaccine programs to senior citizens, teachers 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.
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!"
Swimming with the "Sharks" is much more painful than getting a shot! The Shark Tank star, 71, said she was "thrilled to be over 65 for the first time in my life" after scoring a middle-of-the-night appointment in N.Y.C.
The comedian, 72, told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show that he waited in line at Dodger Stadium to receive his first dose. "I got the injection and a free scarf," he joked, before adding more seriously, "I was glad to get this first step towards hugging my kids and my grandchildren again. And I do have a pre-existing, underlying condition — which is terror. So, that was good that I got that."
The Star Trek and Orange Is the New Black actress, 65, delivered a message in character to fans: "Consider this an order from your Captain - continue to mask up and register to receive your vaccine ASAP," she wrote on Instagram. "We will beat this, but only if we all work together. Stay safe, my friends, and trust in science! 🖖🏻🍀"
The astronaut received his shot a few days shy of his 91st birthday, and tweeted that he encouraged everyone to do the same as soon as they could "so that life can return to normal soon."
The actor revealed that he had signed up for vaccine trials in 2020, and recently learned that he had received the vaccine (rather than the placebo).
"[Ken Jeong] was telling me about this vaccine trial that was taking place, and they were looking for Asian candidates. And you know, I was thinking, oh that's interesting," Park told the hosts of The Talk on Friday. "Then, I found out it was near my home ...and I was bored because it was the pandemic. I was stuck in the house. ... I was like, maybe I should donate my body to science. I figured it would be my way of helping kind of, fighting this thing happening throughout the world."
The billionaire — whose foundation donated millions toward vaccine development — smiled as he received his shot in January. "One of the benefits of being 65 is that I’m eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine," he wrote. "I got my first dose this week, and I feel great. Thank you to all of the scientists, trial participants, regulators, and frontline healthcare workers who got us to this point."
The Homeland actor, 68, and his wife Kathryn Janis Grody got their first doses of the Pfizer vaccine on Jan. 22.
Patinkin shared on Instagram that getting the vaccine was "One of the few benefits of being old AF."
He added, "I’m so grateful to the thousands of minds that brought this vaccine to life. Please get vaccinated and help save lives. Thanks Whitney who gave me my shot and Dr Shearer. THANK YOU."
Patinkin tweeted advice on the someone complicated process of securing a vaccine: "We spent a week on the phone. Lots of time on hold. Some confusing info. We were told to call back next day and then still nothing etc and then we got in," the actor wrote. So I’d say keep calling, checking in, ask your doctor and just stay at it. Hopefully the system will get a bit more organized."
He added in a follow-up video, "It's worth the wait. It's a great, great feeling and I can't wait until you all get yours."