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 has started.
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. And President Joe Biden recently said that as of April 19, he wants vaccine eligibility open to all Americans over the age of 16.
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 singing sensation has a good reason for you to get your vaccine: so you can go see him on tour! He used his selfie to remind fans the "#PapiJuanchoUsaTour is coming, get your tickets on @ticketmaster"
"#jaccinated," Kimmel wrote alongside his (buff!) shot shot.
The Fox News correspondent used his Instagram to talk up the efficiency of his vaccine site. "Vaccinated & ready to go," he wrote. "Thanks to the great staff in DC -it was very smooth. The nurse said they’ll see one thousand DC residents today at this one location. #grateful #vaccinated"
"Let’s go, America!" the Fox News correspondent wrote on Twitter after getting her second shot with pup Jasper by her side.
The Bravo star — who was diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier in the pandemic — rolled up his sleeve for his second shot in early April.
The news anchor and husband John Molner got their second shots together and posted the experience on Instagram. "I am so stoked that I got poked," Couric wrote alongside her video, thanking healthcare workers who have "been so important to this effort!"
Joe Jonas & Sophie Turner
"Let’s (NOT) Get It!" Jonas joked in the caption of his strong-armed selfie with wife Turner.
The singer promised followers the shot didn't hurt after getting hers in early April. "Great success!" she wrote.
"Wolverine’s healing ability can’t save me from Covid. But the vaccine can. Get it!" Jackman wrote alongside two happy selfies from his appointment.
The Today Show Crew
Dylan Dreyer, Sheinelle Jones, Craig Melvin, Savannah Guthrie and Jenna Bush Hager (not pictured) received their first shots live on Today on April 7, following in the footsteps of Al Roker, who did so months earlier (Hoda Kotb received her shot a week prior).
"I'm so thankful for the science and the scientists," said Melvin, adding that the moment almost moved him to tears, "but I think we should also remember some 560-plus thousand people in this country that we've lost in the last year to this dreadful virus."
Freeman gave his voice to an April PSA about getting vaccinated.
"I'm not a doctor, but I trust science. And I'm told that, for some reason, people trust me," Freeman joked. "So here I am to say I trust science and I got the vaccine. If you trust me, you'll get the vaccine. In math, it's called the distributive property. In people, it's called taking care of one another. Get the vaccine. Help make our world a safe place for us to enjoy ourselves again. Please."
Just less than one year after his mother died from COVID-19, the Minnesota Timberwolves star was able to get his first shot. Towns' family has been particularly hit hard by the virus: the athlete shared in December that he has lost seven family members, including his mom, to COVID-19 throughout the course of the pandemic.
The country star went so far as to get his shot on the cover of Billboard magazine on April 1. "I view [the vaccines] as a God sent miracle," he told the outlet, later adding, "You've got to get needles in arms"
Kotb was sure to thank the medical professional who gave her shot No. 1 while posting her pic to Instagram.
And her fellow NBC anchor Geist did the same days later.
Thomas Sadoski & Amanda Seyfried
Seyfried shared a pic of the couple's bandages — and ways to get the shot yourself. "It’s better than OK to get vaccinated because states are rapidly expanding eligibility," she wrote. "Schedule, get your name on a list (we did in Georgia), or contact your local Covid Angels as soon as you can. We’re gonna get to the end of this together!"
Louis-Dreyfus — a breast cancer survivor — kept her caption short and sweet: "Fully jabbed! Fully grateful!"
"Round 2 and feeling good," Paul wrote alongside his April 1 Instagram.
The Deadpool star added his signature humor to his shot selfie, joking, "Finally got 5G."
Meanwhile, his wife wrote of her big moment, "Find you someone who looks at you like I look at the heroic nurse vaccinating me."
"Just the shot in the arm I needed," the CNN anchor wrote on Twitter. "The latest studies show the Covid-19 vaccines are highly effective. Please do your part to end this pandemic. Get your shot!"
Jim Brolin & Barbra Streisand
"Jim and I feel so much more protected after having our second vaccine shot and we hope the rest of you get protected too," Streisand posted to Instagram and Twitter in late March after the longtime couple finished their shots.
"Closer to being closer," the country singer shared on Instagram, proudly showing her vaccination card and her arm.
"Love and gratitude to the volunteers and staff @templehealth who are tirelessly working answering questions and giving the vaccine. @templeuniv #templemade," the daytime talk show host wrote after getting the vaccine in Philadelphia.
The comedian brought her signature humor to her vaccine appointment in N.Y.C. — and got all dressed up in a glimmering cutout gown for the occasion.
"I feel excited and hopeful," she wrote in her Instagram caption, also writing words of thanks to healthcare workers. "You are selfless and your humanity inspires us all," she said.
Winfrey, 67, penned an essay for her namesake magazine about the feelings she had getting the vaccine, saying she is "grateful beyond description."
"The first shot, I wanted to cry but didn't, just from the overwhelming sense of relief," she wrote, adding she'd had pneumonia last year and was worried about her lungs.
Though she experienced "classic" symptoms after shot two, now, she feels like "superwoman," she added.
"When enough friends are vaccinated, I may have an outdoor taco party," she wrote. "I'm not ready to whoop whoop just yet ... but eventually, I will ease into group gatherings."
The actress got her first vaccine shot at Essex County College and Essex County’s COVID Vaccination Center in New Jersey.
"You know, the science tells us that these vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID infection and serious illness. They are the best weapon we have -- along with mask-wearing, social distancing, hand-washing, and other measures recommended by the CDC and public health officials -- to combat the deadly pandemic that has been ravaging our country and our communities for the past year," Dawson shared on Instagram.
"And if enough people get the vaccine, they have the potential to help end this once and for all. But the thing I found most reassuring of all today were all the volunteers and medical professionals working here. They are taking care of people here. You may have questions about the vaccine, about any possible side effects, about its effectiveness. They are listening. They are answering questions. They are taking the time to talk about the vaccine and how it can help you. So, if you’re eligible, I encourage you to sign up for an appointment and come down here to the Essex County COVID Vaccination Center," she said.
Arsenio Hall, Danny Trejo & Magic Johnson
Hall, Trejo and Johnson posed for a photo after they all got COVID-19 vaccine shots on the rooftop of a parking structure at the University of Southern California on March 24 as a part of a vaccination awareness event at the Los Angeles-based university.
The astronaut — in an Apollo XI shirt — received his shot just before his 91st birthday. In a Twitter post, he wrote, "I want to thank all the scientists, healthcare workers, and government officials who worked tirelessly to develop and distribute the Covid-19 vaccine in record time and safely, to the world." He also urged fans and followers get their shots, too.
The actress, 63, shared a photo of herself receiving her first dose of the vaccine.
"This is shot one," the 74-year-old rocker wrote alongside her pic from New York City on March 18.
Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt
The beloved 101-year-old Chicago nun — who was a good-luck charm for the Loyola Ramblers during their last NCAA basketball tournament run — received her shot and will even travel with the team to Indianapolis as they look to chase the title again.
The 67-year-old Coming 2 America actor, who lives in Nevada, told Conan O'Brien he received his second shot in March. He joked about feeling nauseous afterward — then remembering the White Castle he picked up on the drive home.
The racing legend starred in a March 2021 video on behalf of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, getting his shot on camera and encouraging fans to get theirs, too.
The famed cellist, 65, not only received his second vaccine does on March 13 at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, he also performed for others getting their shots when he was finished. “It just brought that whole room together,” nurse Hilary Bashara told the Washington Post. “It was so healing.”
On the one-year anniversary of WHO declaring COVID-19 a global pandemic, 65-year-old Goldberg shared a segment about her vaccine experience on The View. "I was sweating," she said of her nerves going into the moment at New York City's Javits Center on March 10. "We have to get folks in here to make that decision and to do it for other folks. I did it and I was like, 'Oh you know what, I do feel better.' " She spoke specifically to Black Americans who've expressed fear over getting the shot, too, saying, "This is no joke ... If I can do it, anybody can do it."
After New York expanded eligibility, the actress, 64, signed up and got her shot. "Good work NY!" she wrote.
Former Presidents Obama, Clinton and Bush
Four of the five living past U.S. presidents came together for a PSA about getting the COVID-19 vaccine on March 11, the one-year anniversary of WHO declaring COVID-19 a global pandemic. Presidents Obama, Clinton, Bush and Carter all appear on-screen with their wives in the one-minute spot, rolling up their sleeves for their shots while talking about everything they're looking forward to doing again once pre-pandemic life resumes. A second spot, filmed on inauguration day, spotlights Obama, Clinton and Bush talking about the science behind the vaccines.
The Dalai Lama
The spiritual leader shared an image of himself receiving the first dose of his vaccine at Zonal Hospital, Dharamsala, HP, India, on March 6.
The 79-year-old music legend — wearing a perfectly thematic mask — shared video of her big moment in March 2021 from Idaho.
All 9 Supreme Court Justices
"The Justices have all been fully vaccinated," the court's public information officer, Kathleen Arberg, said in a statement to CNN on March 4.
The current justices include Chief Justice John G. Roberts and Associate Justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Neil M. Gorsuch, Brett M. Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.
While the court did not disclose exactly when each justice was vaccinated, it was reported in January that Chief Justice Roberts had received his first and second jab.
In early 2021, the 87-year-old activist shared a picture of her vaccine sticker. "1 and not done!" she captioned it.
"I’m relieved to have received my 2nd dose of the covid vaccination, and feeling fine," the singer, 81, wrote in her February Instagram post. "I encourage everyone to get yours as soon as you have the opportunity."
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.