Catherine Zeta-Jones, Britney Spears, Dolly Parton and more celebs who got the COVID-19 vaccine
Celebrities are coming forward with their firsthand accounts of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in an effort to quell skepticism as vaccination efforts roll out across the world.
Catherine Zeta-Jones announced that she got her second jab on April 14 in a mask-wearing Instagram selfie. She promised she had a “megawatt smile under my mask” after receiving the vaccine.
Britney Spears received her first vaccine dose on April 8. The singer posted a video on social media giving fans an update on how she “felt nothing” and was “fine” after her shot. She was accompanied by her boyfriend, Sam Asghari.
“Got the COVID vaccine,” she wrote, adding a syringe and shocked-face emoji. “Great success … High-five.”
Singer Maluma revealed on April 13 that he's been vaccinated. Without sharing which of the available COVID-19 vaccines he opted for, the singer posted a photo of himself on Instagram with a Band-Aid over his shoulder, captioned, “Vaccine done.”
Hugh Jackman took to Instagram to share he received the COVID-19 vaccine. “Wolverine's healing ability can't save me from Covid,” the “X-Men” actor captioned his post. “But the vaccine can. Get it!”
Jenifer Lewis announced she received a COVID-19 vaccine April 5 in a video post to Twitter. The “Black-ish” actress said she was “hesitant” at first and did her research before getting the vaccine “out of respect for myself and others.”
Mariah Carey admitted she was “excited and nervous” for her vaccine, posting the entire procedure on an Instagram video April 3. “Here we go,” Carey said as the needle went in, prompting her to let out one of her famed high notes. The “Hero” singer said afterwards, “It's only part one.”
Dolly Parton — who helped fund the Moderna vaccine with a $1 million donation to Vanderbilt researchers — received her shot on March 2 in Nashville, Tennessee, per an Instagram post. Her caption simply read: “Dolly gets a dose of her own medicine.”
In the accompanying video, Parton, 75, encouraged viewers to get vaccinated because “the sooner we get to feelin' better, the sooner we are gonna get back to being normal.” In the video, Parton also put a vaccine spin on her classic “Jolene,” singing a capella: “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I'm beggin' of you, please don't hesitate. … 'Cause once you're dead, then that's a bit too late.”
Parton shared photos of herself receiving her second shot on April 2: “Dolly gets a (second) dose of her own medicine,” she tweeted.
Nick Offerman shared in an April 3 tweet that he had received his COVID-19 vaccine. “Thank you, Science,” the actor wrote.
Country singer Eric Church went public with his COVID-19 shot. The “How 'Bout You” singer appeared on the cover of Billboard magazine with a syringe in his arm. “It became very clear to me that the only way to really get back to normal is through vaccinations. You’ve got to get needles in arms,” Church said in the cover story.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced her vaccination with an April 1 selfie on Twitter. “Fully jabbed! Fully grateful,” she wrote while posing in her car with her sleeve rolled up.
Amanda Seyfriend revealed in a selfie posted on March 31 that she and husband Thomas Sadoski got vaccinated, while also urging her followers to do the same.
“It’s better than OK to get vaccinated because states are rapidly expanding eligibility. 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!” she wrote in an Instagram post.
Celebrity couple Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively got vaccinated and posted their shots to Instagram March 31. Reynolds posted a photo of him receiving the injection with a joking caption: “Finally got 5G.”
“Find you someone who looks at you like I look at the heroic nurse vaccinating me,” Lively captioned her post.
“Doom Patrol” star Diane Guerrero revealed in a March 27 Instagram post that she received her COVID-19 vaccine. “I feel pretty good about it,” she captioned her photo. “I'll let you know if I turn into a zombie.”
Actress Rosario Dawson shared in a March 27 Instagram post that she was “thrilled” to receive her first vaccine in New Jersey, California. “You know, the science tells us that these vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID infection and serious illness,” the 41-year-old wrote on Instagram, along with a video showing off her vaccinated arm. “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. And if enough people get the vaccine, they have the potential to help end this once and for all.”
Amber Heard revealed in a March 30 Instagram post that she had gotten the vaccine.
“Did someone say 'vaccine queen'?!” she wrote alongside a photo of her outside a COVID-19 vaccination clinic.
Barbra Streisand said in a March 29 tweet that she and husband James Brolin “feel so much more protected after having our second vaccine shot.”
“We hope the rest of you get protected too,” she added.
Comedian Amy Schumer treated her vaccine appointment like a red carpet – she shared photos and video on social media Saturday of herself dressed up in a gold, sparkly dress with a convenient hole cut out on the left arm for her shot. “That's it? Oh,” she said with a laugh after getting her dose.
In a personal essay published March 25, Oprah Winfrey documented her experience with the COVID-19 vaccine, writing that she “felt like superwoman” after receiving the third shot. “I'm just grateful beyond description to have the vaccine,” she wrote.
Actress Selma Blair shared March 24 on her Instagram story that she had recieved her first dose of the Moderna vaccine, giving a shoutout to her longtime pal Sarah Michelle Gellar for helping find her appointment.
“Good luck everyone. Find yours,” Blair added.
Neil Young shared on Instagram March 23 he received the COVID-19 vaccine and told his followers. “Join me in the worry free zone,” he said. Young said he feels “so much better for so many reasons,” including his anxiety being reduced to being able to visit family: “1 and done!”
Sharon Stone, 63, announced March 20 she got her “first vaccine” in an Instagram post with a photo of herself receiving a shot. The actress gave a shoutout to CORE Response, an organization dedicated to COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites, and said it was “easy to get an appointment.”
Former presidents and first ladies including Barack and Michelle Obama, George W. and Laura Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter shared in an Ad Council Public Service Announcement that they received the vaccine.
“This vaccine means hope, it will protect you and those you love from this deadly disease,” former President Obama said. “When you can get the COVID-19 vaccine, I hope you do—Barack and I are certainly glad we did. It’s our best shot at beating this virus, looking out for one another, and getting back to some of the things we miss,” Michelle Obama wrote on Instagram with a photo of her receiving an injection.
Former President Bush said he's “looking forward to … opening day in Texas Ranger Stadium,” while former President Clinton said he wants “to go back to work and I want to be able to move around” and former President Carter, 96, encouraged people to get vaccinated “because we want this pandemic to end as soon as possible. Now its up to you.”
In an Q&A with USA TODAY, published March 17, Ringo Starr said he's “feeling groovy” after getting “both jabs” of the vaccine. As for his side effects, he said he had a “bad arm” after the first shot and that “it was difficult trying to sleep on that side” of his body because of the soreness. “But by 5 o'clock (the next day), it had gone,” he added. “So I got away lightly, thank you, Lord. I think that's because of the broccoli.”
After his second shot, Starr said he felt no side effects, even though his doctor warned he “may feel fluish.”
“Nothing! Nothing! I felt let down,” the musician joked.
Tim Allen revealed during a March 1 episode of “WTF with Marc Maron Podcast” that he received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. “I ended up getting that first vaccine about a month and a half ago and then the second vaccine last week,” the 67-year old actor told Maron.
On Feb. 22, “Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness announced on Instagram that he received his first dose in New York, where he said “the vaccine program expanded to include people w pre-existing conditions.” Van Ness is HIV-positive, a condition he said “allows folks to be vaccinated” in his area.
“Other than minor soreness in my arm had no side effects and will get my second shot in a few weeks,” Van Ness wrote. He also encouraged HIV+ people to see if they're eligible for the vaccine.
“The Talk” co-host Amanda Kloots got her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. She posted a selfie on Instagram Feb. 19 showing herself in the car with a mask and a bandaged arm hanging outside the window.
She wrote: “I just got my COVID 19 vaccine! I went to a site and waited in my car until all appointments were over in hopes that they had any extra vaccines.”
Her first dose comes more than seven months after her husband Nick Cordero died from COVID-19.
Candice Bergen shared a masked selfie on Instagram Feb. 19 after receiving her “second dose” of the vaccine.
“The second shot is the one people feel,” Bergen, 74, said. “Elderly people. Like myself.”
Bette Midler revealed that she got “both shots” during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Feb. 17.
“My arm hurt a tiny little bit and I was a little bit tired for a couple of days… but I'm always tired,” Midler, 75, told Kimmel. “I feel fine. I'm very relieved. I'm incredibly relieved.”
KISS member Paul Stanley shared he received the second dose of the covid vaccine on Feb. 16. “So grateful and THRILLED. PLEASE, let's ALL stay safe as possible and continue to watch out for each other,” Stanley wrote on Twitter.
Ozzy Osbourne, 72, shared in a Feb. 12 interview on the British talk show “Loose Women” that he received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. “As soon as I got it, I felt relieved,” Osbourne said. “It felt like I was being stabbed. My arm was hurting yesterday, but I'm glad I got it, you know?”
On Feb. 12, Tituss Burgess wrote on Instagram that he “10 outta 10 would recommend” the COVID-19 vaccine after getting vaccinated himself.
“It didn’t even hurt. I didn’t even feel nothing,” Burgess, 42, said in an accompanying video. He added that there “wasn’t (any) side effects and I waltzed on out of there… I feel great.”
On Feb. 10, it was announced that Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall had received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
According to the Associated Press, the prince’s Clarence House office says the 72-year-old heir to the throne and his wife, Camilla, 73, received the inoculations as part of the government’s drive to offer a first dose of the vaccine to the most vulnerable people in the population, including everyone over 70, by Feb. 15.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper got a vaccine shot in Phoenix on Feb. 9. “Come out and get your shot! You don’t feel like you are in danger of anything and if you haven’t gotten your vaccine, come on out,” Cooper said. A volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps, Cooper, 73, spent the morning at the southwest COVID-19 vaccination POD at Abrazo West Campus, where he signed autographs and thanked volunteers including the MRC Greyshirt volunteer who administered his shot.
Tony Bennett, 94, announced that he “just got the second dose” on Instagram Feb. 9. “Both doses of the COVID 19 vaccine are important,” he wrote.
Bennett's vaccination came days after he publicly revealed that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2016 but kept his condition quiet as he continued to work and tour.
On Feb. 9, Susan Lucci revealed on Instagram that she “just got my second Moderna shot.” She shared a video of herself receiving the jab and called the process “easy-peasy!”
Christie Brinkley documented her trip to Astoria, Queens to receive her first dose of the Moderna vaccine on Instagram Feb. 6.
“I feel so lucky to have gotten my appointment,” Brinkley, 67, said. “I’m so grateful to the scientists. I would urge all of you out there to learn all about the vaccine.”
On Feb. 5, designer Vera Wang, 71, shared an Instagram picture of herself receiving her jab: “Getting it done. Doing my part.”
Stephen King, 73, revealed on Feb. 5 that he received a dose of the Moderna vaccine. “I waited for a vaccination appointment, and patience was rewarded,” he tweeted. “Drive-thru in Pasco County (Florida). Moderna. No adverse effects. I think it was the National Guard running the show. Very cool. Get it done, folks. Let's kill this thing.”
Jeff Goldblum, 68, took to Instagram on Feb. 1 to share that he got his first dose of the vaccine.
“Immense gratitude to all of the frontline healthcare workers, continuing to work tirelessly to keep us all safe,” he wrote. “As a citizen well into my platinum years, I got my first dose of the vaccine through the LA County Department of Health, at a public vaccination site where I waited in line with other 65+ eligible citizens.”
The actor added that he is going to continue weaking masks and social distancing. “This too shall pass,” he wrote. “Grand things are ahead.”
Actor Alan Alda, 85, tweeted on Feb. 3 that he received his first shot of the vaccine.
“I expected soreness, but so far, none,” he wrote, along with photos of himself getting the shot in his arm. “Feeling great. Here's my Vaxxie.”
Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson, 78, shared on Feb. 1 that he also got the vaccine, posting a picture on Instagram of himself getting a shot in the arm while sitting in his car. “Everyone get your vaccine,” he wrote. “Last time I was at Dodger Stadium I threw out the first pitch.”
On Jan. 31, Jane Fonda, 83, shared on Instagram that she “got vaccinated today!” alongside a picture of herself receiving the jab while seated in a car. “Yay!” she wrote, assuring “it doesn’t hurt.”
Fonda returned to Instagram on Feb. 22 to confirm she got her second dose. In the photo, the actress, seated in a car, receives the shot while wearing a facemask and sunglasses.
Randall Park, known for his role on the ABC series, “Fresh Off The Boat,” and most recently on Marvel's “WandaVision,” received the vaccine after participating in a September trial.
Park made a Jan. 29 appearance on “The Talk” and told the hosts that fellow actor Ken Jeong convinced him to join the trial because they were looking for more Asian participants. “I was like, maybe I should donate my body to science,” he said. “I figured it would be my way of helping kind of, fighting this thing happening throughout the world.”
On Jan. 28, Anthony Hopkins shared an Instagram video of himself receiving the vaccine inside his car. “Light at the end of the tunnel (after one year of self imposed quarantine),” he wrote.
Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh told USA TODAY that he received his first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine in mid-January. “I'm a little disoriented but nonetheless effective,” Walsh said. “That arm is real sore, like I got punched in the arm, and just in general I feel like I need a nap. But that's it. It's good.”
On Jan. 26, Tyler Perry announced on “CBS This Morning” that he received the second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Perry, 51, said he was approached by Atlanta's Grady Health System officials to take the vaccine to encourage the Black community to follow suit. “I was skeptical, because if you look at our history in this country, the Tuskegee experiment, Henrietta Lacks, it raises flags for us as African American people,” Perry said. “So I understand why there's a healthy skepticism about the vaccine.” Perry says he agreed to getting the vaccine after doctors took the time to “answer all of my questions…Once I got all of the information, found out the researchers, I was very, very happy.”
Mia Farrow is feeling good about getting her COVID-19 vaccine and she's got the exclamation points to prove it.
“I just got my vaccine!!!!!!!” the actress and activist, 75, tweeted on Jan. 27.
Samuel L. Jackson took to Instagram to share that he was getting his first dose of the vaccine on Jan. 23.
“At the Forum getting that 1st jab!!” he captioned his post, which included photos of him sporting an Avengers face mask.
Patrick Stewart announced on Instagram on Jan. 22 that he received the vaccine and posted a video getting a shot through his car window at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium after waiting in line for four hours.
“How do we say thank you to the health workers and scientists for their sacrifice and service?” Stewart wrote in the caption. “Receive the vaccine as soon as one can to lessen their load and keep wearing a mask to protect fellow citizens. In my 80th year, I am grateful and hopeful for better days ahead.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger shared a video of himself getting vaccinated through a car window. “Today was a good day,” Schwarzenegger tweeted along with the video on Jan. 20. “I have never been happier to wait in a line. If you’re eligible, join me and sign up to get your vaccine.”
In the video, the “Terminator” star looks at the camera after getting his shot and recommends the vaccine “to anyone and everyone.” He also recites one of the most classic lines from the “Terminator” films: “Come with me if you want to live.”
“Today” show weather forecaster Al Roker, 66, was live on the air when he received his Pfizer vaccination Jan. 19 from New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital. During the segment, Roker explained that he qualified for the vaccine because he is over 65 years old. Roker also underwent surgery in November, just over two weeks after he announced his prostate cancer diagnosis.
“I kept hitting refresh, refresh, refresh on the browser and finally got in,” he said of the New York State health website. “They put up a certain number of appointments each day and then luck of the draw, so you have to keep going in… I lucked out.”
Journalist Dan Rather, the longtime CBS News anchor, tweeted his gratitude after being vaccinated on Jan. 19: “Thank you science. Thank you to all who have been working on the front lines. I still remember the godsend of the polio shot, a flashback of emotion sweeps through me again.”
On Jan. 17, Steve Martin revealed on Twitter that he received the vaccine in his typical humorous fashion. “Good news/Bad news. Good news: I just got vaccinated! Bad news: I got it because I’m 75. Ha!” he wrote. “Thank you all, and thank you science.”
Country singer Loretta Lynn, 88, announced Jan. 16 that she had “bundled up” to leave her Tennessee ranch to go get her vaccine. “I’m sure glad to get it and am sure ready to put Covid in the rear view mirror!” she wrote on Facebook.
Judi Dench told BBC News, in a video posted by the Daily Mail on Jan. 14, that she received her first dose of the vaccine a week before. “It's a great start,” she said.
On Jan. 13, country music legend Willie Nelson shared an image of himself receiving a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Austin, Texas. “Get your shot! Take care of yourself and others. #slowthespreadofcovid19” he captioned his Facebook post.
On Jan. 11, Martha Stewart announced on Instagram that she's “proud” and “grateful” to receive the “very important” vaccine at Mount Sinai Downtown in New York.
“I was vaccinated today in a designated vaccine pod near the Martha Stewart Center for Living,” Stewart captioned a video of herself receiving the shot while wearing a mask. “I am excited to have received my dosage and look forward to the booster.”
She continued: “Here’s to the advancement of science and a heartfelt thanks to those working on the vaccines… We are all hoping for an end to this pandemic.”
On Jan. 9, British actress Joan Collins got the COVID-19 vaccine.
The 87-year-old “Dynasty” star shared an Instagram picture of herself receiving the AstraZeneca vaccination at London's Bloomsbury Surgery while wearing a mask. She called the process “painless and seamless.”
Collins added that she was “honoured” to receive the vaccine, especially on the “same day as our Queen!”
On Jan. 9, Queen Elizabeth II, 94, and her husband, Prince Philip, 99, received their COVID-19 vaccinations, according to Buckingham Palace.
The queen, who has spent much of the coronavirus outbreak in self-isolation, wanted to go public with news of their vaccinations to dispel further speculation or inaccuracies about whether they received it. A household doctor at England's Windsor Castle administered the vaccines.
On Jan. 8, author Judy Blume received her first dose of the Moderna Vaccine in Key West, Florida, alongisde her husband, George Cooper.
“At last, something good about being 80+,” Blume, 82, tweeted Jan. 11. The “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing ” author said she had “no problems” with the vaccination and experienced “less of a sore arm than with flu shot.”
On Dec. 17, Sir Ian McKellen announced in a tweet that he felt “very lucky to have had the vaccine” and recommended others do the same.
The 81-year-old British stage and screen actor was given the first of two Pfizer vaccine doses on Dec. 16 in London, per the BBC and an ITV story that McKellen retweeted. In a video clip, he received the shot, then threw up his arms and gave the nurse an elbow bump.
“It is invasive of course, it looks like a weapon – a needle – but it isn't, it's a friend,” he told reporters afterward. “I would encourage everybody to do the sensible thing, not just for themselves but for everybody else because if you're virus-free that helps everybody else, doesn't it?”
On Dec. 15, “The Great British Baking Show” judge Prue Leith became the first celebrity to publicly receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Leith, an 80-year-old celebrity chef and a longtime UK resident, shared a photo of herself sitting in a doctor's office in Oxfordshire, England, wearing a mask and a signature statement necklace. “Who wouldn't want immunity from #Covid19 with a painless jab?” she captioned the picture.