Social media analytics company Talkwalker analyzed millions of conversations across social media platforms, news sites, blogs, and forums to understand how people are talking about the COVID-19 vaccines. The full report, entitled “Racing for a Vaccine: COVID-19 and the Evolution of Pharma,” discovered that there have been over one million mentions of the COVID-19 vaccine across social media platforms in just the past month alone!
While some people are skeptical of the safety, effectiveness, and credibility of the vaccines, the Talkwaker report found that one major key to influence vaccine credibility: celebrities.
Celebs aren’t just entertainers––they’re influencing healthcare, too
Our definition of celebrity has changed and expanded its meaning over time––celebrities are no longer just actors and musicians, but also politicians, athletes, social media influencers, tech entrepreneurs, and more.
Today, we’re highlighting celebrities across the map who are using their star power to encourage anyone and everyone to get the coronavirus vaccine.
Watch POTUS Joe Biden get his first dose of the vaccine:
According to Vulture, President Joe Biden and his wife FLOTUS Jill Biden completed their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine earlier last month:
Folks, I just received the second dose of my COVID-19 vaccine — and just like the first dose, it was safe, quick, and painless.
I urge everyone to get vaccinated once it’s your turn. Because only together can we save lives and beat this virus. pic.twitter.com/w1m8gEh2iL
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 11, 2021
Here’s Dr. Anthony Fauci getting his vaccine:
Since then, we’ve seen countless celebs posting about their coronavirus vaccination experience.
The commentary varies––some are urging fans to get vaccinated while others make jokes about the vaccine––but they are all continuing the conversation surrounding the vaccine as a solution to the coronavirus pandemic.
Take a look at some of the Hollywood celebrities who are influencing vaccine credibility:
Tyler Perry created a BET special called COVID-19 Vaccine And The Black Community: A Tyler Perry Special. The special talks about his experience getting both doses of the vaccine. The special aired on BET in January.
Perry tweeted that he decided to do the special because he was asked if he would be willing to get vaccinated to show people that it was safe. He was skeptical and wanted all of his questions answered first.
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) January 28, 2021
Watch the full special here:
Actor Steve Martin tweeted that he got vaccinated in January. Martin showed his comedic side with the good news/ bad news tweet saying that the good news was that he got vaccinated and the bad news was that he got it because he’s 75.
Good news/Bad news. Good news: I just got vaccinated! Bad news: I got it because I’m 75. Ha! The operation in NYC was smooth as silk (sorry about the cliché @BCDreyer!) and hosted to perfection by the US Army and National Guard. Thank you all, and thank you science.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) January 17, 2021
Actor and former politician Arnold Schwarzenegger shared a video of him getting his vaccine, saying “Today was a good day. I have never been happier to wait in a line. If you’re eligible, join me and sign up to get your vaccine. Come with me if you want to live!”
Terminator fans will get the reference 🙂
Snoop Dogg’s BFF Martha Stewart received her vaccine on January 11th, 2021. She shared her experience on Instagram:
“I was vaccinated today in a designated vaccine pod near the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Downtown I am so proud of and grateful to the doctors, nurses and medical staff who are wading through the red tape and confusion of the distribution of these very important vaccines. I am excited to have received my dosage and look forward to the booster. The doctors told me 10,000 applications were received by Mount Sinai right after the state released this batch of vaccines.”
Martha continued by saying “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. To allay your concerns that I jumped the line know that I am in the approved age group for this batch of vaccines and I waited in line with others.”
I feel very lucky to have had the vaccine. I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone. https://t.co/gBLRR0OeJc
— Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) December 17, 2020
Patrick shared his experience on his Instagram with the caption:
“How do we say thank you to the health workers and scientists for their sacrifice and service? 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.”
Rocket Man singer Elton John joined forces with actor Michael Caine to promote the vaccine and show his support to NHS England. In a video he shared to Twitter, Elton says “the more people in society that get vaccinated, the more chance there is of eradicating the national covid pandemic.”
Elton John goes on to say that “the vaccines have all been through and met the necessary safety and quality standards.”
I am proud to join forces with @themichaelcaine to promote the fantastic @NHSEngland #COVIDVaccine program, demonstrating how quick and easy it is to get vaccinated and why it’s so important. Let’s all come together and do our bit in the fight against this wretched disease. pic.twitter.com/Ub7npvyF6U
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) February 10, 2021
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson shared with his Instagram followers that he was at The Forum getting “that 1st jab!!”
Rockstar Ozzy Osbourne and wife Sharon went on ITV’s Loose Women to talk about their 40 years of marriage and his Parkinson’s diagnosis. During the segment, Ozzy mentioned what getting the vaccine felt like. “It felt like being stabbed,” he said. “My arm was a bit sore yesterday, but I’m glad I got it, you know?” Watch the full interview below:
Actor Anthony Hopkins got the vaccine on January 28th. He shared the experience on his Instagram saying:
CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, and my dear friend, Dr. Maria Teresa Ochoa.
Light at the end of the tunnel (after one year of self imposed quarantine).”
Singer Tony Bennett tweeted that he received the vaccine during the week of January 13th. He encouraged the public to do the same:
— Tony Bennett (@itstonybennett) January 13, 2021
Actor Jeff Goldblum shared a photo on his Instagram of him receiving a standard covid test before a film shoot. In his caption, Goldblum says:
“Immense gratitude to all of the frontline healthcare workers, continuing to work tirelessly to keep us all safe. 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.”
He added, “I’ll continue to wear masks and practice social distancing. This too shall pass. Grand things are ahead. 💞”
It’s nice to know that when it comes to covid vaccinations, not even celebs get the red carpet treatment––they’re truly just like us (in this way, at least).
NBA champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shared on his Twitter that it is “so important for all of us to get vaccinated.” He was featured in an NBA PSA sharing that he received the vaccine to keep his family and friends healthy:
So important for all of us to get vaccinated. I am featured in this latest NBA PSA – and will air during the broadcasts of the NBA on MLK Day games – sharing that I received the COVID-19 vaccine to help keep my friends and family healthy.https://t.co/QDqLuZQ7JU
— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) January 18, 2021
Actor Sean Penn shared on Twitter that he is lucky to work alongside the
Los Angeles Fire Department and other frontline staff members. Penn urges his followers to “Text CORE to 707070 to donate” so that more people can be “lucky” to get vaccinated.
I’m a lucky man. Lucky to work alongside the @LAFD & our great frontline @CoreResponse staff, our partners at Carbon Health, USC, & Curative Lab. We test & vaccinate thousands per day. We need your support to get more people lucky. Text CORE to 707070 to donate. pic.twitter.com/VeCgAC7hMR
— Sean Penn (@SeanPenn) January 26, 2021
Businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates received his first dose of the vaccine during the week of January 22nd. Gates calls it “one of the benefits of being 65.”
One of the benefits of being 65 is that I’m eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. I got my first dose this week, and I feel great. Thank you to all of the scientists, trial participants, regulators, and frontline healthcare workers who got us to this point. pic.twitter.com/67SIfrG1Yd
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) January 22, 2021
Gospel singer Mavis Staples shared that she received her second dose of the vaccine on February 11th. She then encouraged everyone to “get yours as soon as you have the opportunity.”
I’m relieved to have received my 2nd dose of the covid vaccination, and feeling fine.
I encourage everyone to get yours as soon as you have the opportunity ❤️ pic.twitter.com/4iDfUGAWxb
— Mavis Staples (@mavisstaples) February 11, 2021
Star Wars actor Anthony Daniels, known for his role of C-3PO, shared on Twitter that he got his vaccine, saying “Droids don’t get Covid. But humans do. Please… Get vaccinated, too. We’re NOT doomed!”
Droids don’t get Covid.
But humans do.
Get vaccinated, too.
We’re NOT doomed!
My sincere thanks to Dr Aboi and the NHS UK pic.twitter.com/9fPecNPfOe
— Anthony Daniels (@ADaniels3PO) February 2, 2021
Country singer Margo Price shared the “good news” on Twitter that country superstar Willie Nelson got his vaccine on January 14th, 2021.
— Margo Price (@MissMargoPrice) January 14, 2021
Madame Vice President Kamala Harris got her vaccine on December 29th. She thanked the nurse who administered her vaccine, Patricia, as well as all the nurses who are battling the pandemic:
On the frontlines of this fight are nurses like Patricia who administered my vaccine yesterday. As the daughter of immigrants from Guyana, Patricia has been working tirelessly to protect and save lives.
To Patricia and all the nurses battling this pandemic—thank you. pic.twitter.com/xFmCWI3jRs
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) December 30, 2020
Former Vice President of the United States Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence received the vaccine on December 18th He called the vaccine a “medical miracle” in his tweet:
This week, under Operation Warp Speed, we made history with the first Coronavirus vaccine being administered in states all across the Country! Make no mistake about it, it’s a Medical Miracle! pic.twitter.com/iKbgO9TSVK
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) December 18, 2020
AOC got her vaccine on December 19th. She tweeted multiple photos showing her experience and said “I’d *never* ask you to do something I wasn’t willing to do myself.” She always keeps it real with us!
If you have any questions or unease about the COVID vaccine, I got you!
I’d *never* ask you to do something I wasn’t willing to do myself.
Yday per national security policy (PPD40), Congress began getting vaccinated.
I took the jab & am here to answer your questions. Ask away! pic.twitter.com/ZyBgXi7kRl
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 19, 2020
Alyssa Milano reacted to a tweet about injustice when it comes to the vaccine and wealthy countries.
This is why we need the #peoplesvaccine. Only wealthy countries are able to get the vaccine. Pharmaceutical companies should not be profiteering off a pandemic and if companies are trying to cash in on this crisis—governments should step in. No one is safe until everyone is safe. https://t.co/ywCbw7d659
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) February 18, 2021
Milano also wrote an op-ed on the need for the #PeoplesVaccine for Newsweek.
In these trying times, we must always look for the good news. Every day, more and more people are getting the vaccine––celebrity or not, spreading that good news helps us all look towards a brighter and healthier future.
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