Ian McKellen euphoric after receiving COVID-19 vaccine

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    LONDON – British actor Ian McKellen, who played the wizard Gandalf in the “Lord of the Rings” movies, said he was euphoric after receiving his first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and urged everyone who was offered the jab to accept it.

    The state-run National Health Service (NHS), which is running Britain’s mass COVID vaccination programme, posted several pictures of McKellen, in a blue T-shirt and a rainbow striped scarf, giving a thumbs up as he received the shot.

    “It’s a very special day. I feel euphoric,” McKellen, 81, was quoted as saying in one NHS post which he retweeted.

    “I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone. I feel very lucky to have had the vaccination.”