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Sir Paul McCartney, 79, encourages others to get the vaccine as he receives his jab

Sir Paul McCartney has received two shots of Covid-19 vaccine. 

The Beatles' star, 79, wore a face mask and beanie hat as he rolled up his sleeve for the second jab, which was administered by a medical professional.

Be cool, get vaxxed! Sir Paul McCartney, 79, has encouraged others to get the vaccine as he took to Twitter on Monday to post a throwback snap of himself receiving his second jab

In December, the Liverpudlian rock star insisted that he would get vaccinated 'as soon as I'm allowed.'

He told The Sun at the time. 'The vaccine will get us out of this. I think we'll come through it, I know we'll come through, and it's great news about the vaccine. 

'I'll have it as soon as I'm allowed. 'The vaccine will get us out of this.' 

MailOnline has contacted Sir Paul McCartney's representatives for comment.  

Keen for the vaccine! In December, the Liverpudlian rock star insisted that he would get vaccinated 'as soon as I'm allowed' (Pictured in December 2020)

The Beatles: [Clockwise T L-B R] George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and Paul in 1967

The Covid-19 vaccine is the biggest breakthrough since the pandemic began, potentially saving tens of thousands of lives. 

Just like other routine vaccines, this works by teaching the immune system how to defend itself against attack. 

The UK's largest ever vaccination programme began on December 8 and other older stars, such as Sir Ian McKellen CBE, 82, Lionel Blair, 92, and Prue Leith, 81, received their first jab in December. 

After getting the vaccine at the Arts Research Centre, Queen Mary University Hospital in December 2020, Sir Ian McKellen said: 'It's a very special day, I feel euphoric!

'Anyone who has lived as long as I have is alive because they have had previous vaccinations.

'The take-up amongst the older generation will be 100 per cent - it ought to be – because you're having it not just for yourself but for people who you are close to – you're doing your bit for society. 

'Of course, it's painless… it's convenient, and getting in touch and meeting NHS staff and saying thank you to them for how hard they've been working is a bonus.

'I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone. I feel very lucky to have had the vaccine.' 

Veteran star Lionel Blair, 92, also received his first Jab at the end of 2020, attending the NHS vaccine centre in the grounds of the horse racing course at Epsom, Surrey.

After being filmed beaming while getting the jab, he later said: 'I couldn't believe it when they called me. It's next week and then the next one is in January and here I am. I'm just thinking, thank God I live here.'

Lionel looked delighted in the video as he was tended to by a nurse, who pulled his sleeve up and administered the jab, which he admitted was 'fine'.  

Jabbed: On Sunday, Mr Lordi AKA Tomi Petteri Putaansuu of Finnish hard rock band Lordi had his second Covid-19 vaccine jab from nurse Paula Ylitalo (R) in Rovaniemi, Finland

Meanwhile, Paul and wife Nancy Shevell, 61, have been spending quality time together in the Hamptons, America, amid the pandemic.

The couple have been together since 2007 and married in a ceremony held in Marylebone four years later in 2011. 

It's thought Paul and Nancy, who is 18 years his junior, first met thanks to both owning homes in the Hamptons.  

Paul was previously married twice before - he wed first wife Linda in 1969 and the pair were married until Linda died, aged 56, in 1998, following a battle with breast cancer.     

Paul and Linda share four children; daughters Heather, Mary and Stella, and son James. 

He later wed second wife Heather Mills, who he shares daughter Beatrice with, in 2002 - they split four years later in 2006 and their divorce, costing the star £24.3 million, was finalised in 2008. 

WHICH VACCINES ARE BRITAIN USING? AND HOW EFFECTIVE ARE THEY?

Pfizer-BioNTech

Approved: December 2, 2020

Doses dished out: 10.8million*

Doses ordered: 40million

Phase 3 trials data

Real world data

How it works: mRNA vaccine – Genetic material from coronavirus is injected to trick the immune system into making 'spike' proteins and learning how to attack them.

Oxford-AstraZeneca

Approved: December 30, 2020

Doses dished out: 15.8million*

Doses ordered: 100million

Phase 3 trials data

Real world data

How it works: Adenovirus vaccine – To make the vaccine, the common cold virus is genetically modified to trigger it to make the Covid spike protein — which the virus uses to invade cells.

When the vaccine is administered the patient's immune system attacks the spike protein by building antibodies, priming it to fight off Covid before it leads to an infection.

Moderna

Approved: January 8, 2021

Doses dished out: Zero

Doses ordered: 17million

Phase 3 trials data

Real world data

How it works: mRNA vaccine – both Moderna's and Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccines work in the same way.

* the latest data goes up to March 21 

** data taken from a US study, joint with Pfizer. Other real world data comes from Public Health England in the UK 

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