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From Pope Francis to Joan Collins: 23 famous names who have received the Covid-19 vaccine

From stars of stage and screen to royals and politicians, here's who has shared their experience of being vaccinated

As mass vaccination programmes to protect against Covid-19 roll out across the world, just like everyone else, celebrities, politicians and royals have been in line to receive their doses.

In Jordan, King Abdullah II, Crown Prince Hussein and Prince Hassan joined forces to receive their first doses together as they kicked off the country’s awareness programme. In the US, outgoing Vice President Mike Pence had his administered on national television, while in the UK, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were happy to share that they had both received their vaccinations at Windsor Castle.

Helping to dispel any lingering mystery around the vaccinations, the likes of Lord of The Rings star Ian McKellan, Dynasty actress Joan Collins, lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, and country music legend Willie Nelson have all taken to social media to share their experiences of receiving the “painless” jab.

Others shared their personal reasons for talking about their vaccination experiences. British theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber, the man behind Cats, Evita and Phantom of the Opera, revealed he had participated in early vaccination trials as a way to speed up the reopening of theatres across the UK.

“Having been on the Oxford Covid vaccine trial myself, I am hugely optimistic that once the vaccine rolls out, audiences will return to theatre in droves," he told The Guardian. "My theatres will be ready for them. I am raring to go.”

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis used his NHS vaccination appointment as an opportunity to share that he hoped his world-famous music festival would return this year if enough people took the opportunity to be vaccinated.

“As far as the festival is concerned, wouldn’t it be wonderful to get the majority of our population vaccinated before June 2021, so that we can celebrate next summer in proper 'Glastonbury style’," he told the NME.

Scroll through the gallery above to see which well-known faces have shared their experience of getting the Covid-19 vaccine.

Updated: January 21, 2021 12:42 PM

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