Sir Ian McKellen Praises Health Workers After Receiving COVID Vaccine | 22 Words

News of the COVID vaccine has been inspiring many after a truly dreadful year - and now beloved actor Sir Ian McKellen has spoken out.

The COVID vaccine has given many newfound hope this week.

Including none other than Sir Ian McKellen - who had a lot to say on the subject.

Sir Ian McKellen is best known for playing Gandalf the Wizard in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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The eighty-one-year-old British actor has become something of a legend in the film industry.

And it's safe to say...

He's lived a very impressive life!

He was knighted by the Queen in 1991 for his services to the performing arts...

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And since 1988, McKellen has been openly gay and has done an awful lot for the LGBTQ+ community.

McKellen has campaigned strongly for gay rights for years now...

And he has become a big figure in gay scenes all around the world.

McKellen is also known for his adorable bromance with fellow actor Patrick Stewart.

Stewart told Wired earlier this year: "Ian and I hung out together, drinking tea - and maybe in the afternoon, something a little stronger - and we got to know one another. And the charm of it was that we found that we had so much in common."

Since then they've become seemingly inseparable...

They regularly appear on red carpet events together and they're always photographed hanging out at the local pub.

McKellen even performed the marriage ceremony for Stewart and his wife back in 2013...

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Now that's a real friendship!

It is truly heartwarming to see the pair's friendship...

And nothing seems to have changed between them over the many years they've known each other.

In more recent times, however...

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McKellen has hit headlines for quite a different reason ...

After months of anticipation ...

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He became one of the first in the UK to receive the COVID vaccine on December 16th.

The vaccine began rolling out in the UK over the past week.

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With frontline workers and the elderly first in line ...

Which includes eight-one-year-old McKellen.

Who proudly posted about receiving the vaccine this week.

We all know celebrity endorsement encourages people to get the vaccine.

So McKellen is truly using his platform for good.

In order for the vaccine to properly work ...

As many people as possible need to get it.

And McKellen had a lot to say on the subject.

"That’s the real bonus of all this, to watch and see what works in this country and what doesn’t work – and it seems to me the NHS is right at the top of the list for institutions that do work."

He continued...

"Of course, I know I wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for the NHS."

That wasn't all.

"I’m a little bit older than the NHS but when I was a kid, having good medical treatment available when it was needed – what a wonderful notion."

"It is invasive of course, it looks like a weapon – a needle – but it isn’t, it’s a friend!"

"I really hope that, as more people get vaccinated, we will move further along the path back to a more normal way of life."

He even shared this post on Twitter.

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