Over 600,000 people have already been given the first Covid-19 vaccine in the UK between December 8 and December 20 according to the UK government.
And tens of thousands of coronavirus vaccines will be delivered across Wales next week, one of Wales’ medical advisers has said.
In total 40,000 doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine will be circulated around the country after it was approved for use in the UK on Wednesday.
Grandmother Margaret Keenan became the first person in the world to receive the vaccine on December 8.
Among those who have received the first of two required jabs, are also a number of celebrities that qualified for the vaccination.
Sir Tom Jones
Welsh music legend Sir Tom Jones announced on Jools Holland’s annual Hootenanny live on New Year’s Eve that he had received the vaccine.
Talking to Jools Holland on the show on Thursday, Sir Tom, 80, said: “I’ve had my jab already, 80 years-old you see, that’s one good thing about being 80, you’re first in line for the jab.”
Presenter Jools then asked how was it.
Before the 80-year-old replied, “It was fine, it was like getting the flu jab.”
Sir Ian McKellen
Actor Ian McKellen, 81, is urging anyone who is offered the vaccine to take up the offer.
Talking last month, The Lord Of The Rings star said: “I feel honoured to have received the COVID-19 vaccine and I would urge anyone who is offered the vaccine to take up the offer – it took a few minutes and then it was done.
“I really hope that, as more people get vaccinated, we will move further along the path back to a more normal way of life, particularly for the arts which have suffered so much this year.
“We all have a part to play in the fight against coronavirus and doing our bit and getting vaccinated will save lives.”
The father of comedian Jack Whitehall, Michael Whitehall, who stars alongside his son in the Netflix series, Travels With My Father said on Twitter that he has had the vaccine while thanking the NHS staff.
Michael tweeted: “Here was I worrying about a little p**k, no, not @jackwhitehall, which was brilliantly organised by @GSTTnhs.
“Thank you to all the kind and wonderful NHS staff who administered my COVID-19 vaccine last night.”
Lionel Blair received the first of two Covid vaccine jabs at the age of 92.
After he had it done, the veteran actor and entertainer looked to be smiling behind his mask as he held his arms wide for the camera.
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Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith, 80, called the injection “painless” when she had it done last month.
Writing on Twitter, the television star said: “”Who wouldn’t want immunity from #Covid19 with a painless jab??”
Emmerdale star Patrick Mower, 82, had his vaccination on December 15.
In a tweet shared by Lincolnshire’s NHS account, the actor said: “Getting my COVID vaccination was incredibly simple & painless. I feel incredibly lucky to have had it & would like to thank all the wonderful NHS staff for making it happen.”
Rock and roll legend Marty Wilde became one of the first celebrities to receive the vaccine on December 10.
Speaking outside the hospital following his vaccination, he said: “Having just had my Covid injection I can honestly say it was an easy experience, if that’s the right word. It was painless and the staff were great.”
Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis, 85, had his Covid-19 vaccination on New Year’s Eve.
In a tweet shared by NHS South West, Michael said: “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’.