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Sir Ian McKellen Receives the Pfizer Vaccine, Thanks Frontline Healthcare Workers

Sir Ian McKellen at Pride 2019
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Sir Ian McKellen is telling covid that it “shall not pass” after the British actor, 81, received the first of two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. The Lord of the Rings star gave praise to the United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) for administering the “painless” vaccination and for all their hard work.

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The vaccine has been rolling out since the second week of December in Britain with it first being approved back on Dec. 2. The veteran actor is a part of the first group eligible for the vaccine, which includes frontline healthcare workers. He described the experience of receiving the shot as “euphoric” and is urging folx — especially those in his age group — to get it done.

The NHS in London shared a photo of McKellen giving a thumbs up after he got his first shot with the caption “It’s a thumbs up from Sir @IanMckellen who received the first dose of his #CovidVaccine today.”

The actor also shared on his own Twitter account “I feel very lucky to have had the vaccine. I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone.”

Look, if the guy who plays Gandalf is telling you to get the vaccine, then all we can say is “fly, you fools!”

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