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9 Celebrities Who Need to Get Vaccinated (for Our Mental Health)

As COVID vaccines start to roll out, we're hoping these famous people don't hesitate to get immunized.

On Wednesday Lord of the Rings actor Sir Ian McKellen received his first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, and said that he felt "euphoric."

Frankly, we felt the same way. At 81 years old McKellen is in a high-risk category for a severe case of COVID. Knowing that the beloved actor and gay rights activist is on his way to immunity is one small anxiety we can remove from the heaping pile of fear and tragedy that has been growing since March.

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Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe?

This is an extraordinary scientific achievement, but is it safe?

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The average vaccine takes approximately 10 years to develop. There are currently two COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna) that will likely be authorized and released to the public within a year of the discovery of the virus. How can a safe vaccine possibly be developed so fast?

These will be the fastest vaccines ever developed, by a margin of years. The next fastest vaccine ever approved for public use was the mumps vaccine, and that took 4 years.

Unfortunately, that speed has made a lot of people nervous. Will the vaccine be safe? Are they skipping steps? How is this process moving so fast?

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Remember when Jenny McCarthy linked autism to vaccines based on zero evidence and started off a movement where idiotic parents stopped vaccinating their children?

The Jenny McCarthy who started wearing glasses so your average idiot was bamboozled into thinking she actually had any idea what she was talking about?

The Jenny McCarthy who encouraged Midwestern housewives with an internet connection to decide they knew better than decades of medical testing and bring fucking whooping cough back, endangering ALL children?

Well, THAT Jenny McCarthy is bored with being the poster child for knee-jerk stupidity and now claims she was NEVER anti-vaccination.

“Everyone should ask questions, but I’m certainly not against them,” she told GMA co-host Lara Spencer. "I think people should read exactly what I have said instead of reading headlines, and that’s why I wanted to write that piece. Everything that I have said and everything that I believe in is in that piece, so I hope people will go and refer to that so they know exactly what I’ve been saying."

Jenny is referring to her op-ed in the Chicago Sun-Times last month, when she first started pretending she was never anti-vaccine.

Listen, Dr. Jen - if you've changed your mind about vaccination, fine. But don't pretend you never said it. Don't pretend you're not a jackass.

Remember when she said this?

"I do believe sadly it’s going to take some diseases coming back to realize that we need to change and develop vaccines that are safe. If the vaccine companies are not listening to us, it’s their f*cking fault that the diseases are coming back. They’re making a product that’s sh*t. If you give us a safe vaccine, we’ll use it. It shouldn’t be polio versus autism."

That's the thing about the internet, Jenny - this shit is recorded FOREVER. Good luck with that.