Out actor Ian McKellen among the first to get the COVID vaccine

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Ian McKellen at the Manchester Pride Parade in 2010Photo: Man Alive! on Flickr (CC license 2.0)

Out actor Ian McKellen, 81, got vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus today and posted about it on Instagram.

“Anyone who has lived as long as I have is alive because they have had previous vaccinations,” the Academy Award-nominated actor about his “very special day” today, posting a picture of himself in a rainbow scarf and a facemask.

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The Lord of the Rings actor said that he believes that 100 percent of people in “the older generation” will get vaccinated 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 said that one of the best parts was “getting in touch with and meeting” health care professionals and “saying thank you to them for how hard they’ve been working.”

“I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone. I feel very lucky to have had the vaccine.”

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