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These Jewish Celebs Are Kvelling About Their Covid Vaccines

Editor’s note: This piece was originally published on April 27, 2021. As the Delta variant ripples across the U.S. — prompting a renewed push to vaccinate all who are eligible — we are republishing this piece today.

We made it! (Almost!) After a year of dreary, pandemic-related news, we are thrilled to arrive at the kvell-inspiring spring of Covid vaccinations. As of April 19, all American adults are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine, and many of us (this writer included) have, with much gratitude, received our first and/or second doses.

Among those celebrating their inoculation are Jewish celebrities, of course, and many of them have taken to social media to share their excitement about getting the vaccine. Check out some our favorite such posts, below — we’re sure they will bring you a smile to your face.

1. Barbra Streisand

It gives us such naches that Queen Babs is fully vaccinated as of March 29th. Posting an adorable photo with her husband, James Brolin, Streisand used her platform to encourage fans to get vaccinated, tweeting, “Jim and I feel so much more protected after having our second vaccine shot and we hope the rest of you get protected too.”

2. Judy Blume

As of February 14, the author of Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret — which is currently being made into a feature film! — has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. On Twitter she kvells: “Husb and I are double dosed now. If that isn’t the best birthday gift I don’t know what is.” We have to agree, Judy!

3. Beanie Feldstein

Jewish actress and Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein shared a photo this week on social media, donning a bandage and a face mask with the sweet caption, “vaccine bean !!!!!!!!!!!!!!” We’re thrilled for you, Beanie, and it looks like your famous (Jewish) friends are, too: among those showing support in the comments were Leslie Grossman, Ben Platt, and D’Arcy Carden.

4. Carole King

We are overjoyed to see that Carole King got vaccinated last month! She posted a live video of the actual (super-quick) vaccination process, but that’s not all — she also gifted us with a sweet vaccine ditty to the tune of her classic song, “It’s Too Late.” Love it!

5. Mandy Patinkin

Lucky for our favorite Jewish dad, Mandy Patinkin, he and his lovely wife Kathryn Grody got their first of two doses of the Pfizer vaccine in January. In a tweet, Patinkin jokes that getting the vaccine in January was “One of the few benefits of being old AF.” Patinkin then uses his platform, as a good mensch should, to express gratitude and encourage others to get vaccinated: “I’m so grateful to the thousands of minds that brought this vaccine to life. Please get vaccinated and help save lives. Thanks Whitney who gave me my shot and Dr Shearer. THANK YOU.”

6. Tracee Ellis Ross

Earlier this week, Black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross posted on Instagram a joyous reunion with her Jewish dad, music producer and entrepreneur Robert “Bob” Ellis, now that both of them are vaccinated. She gushes, “I finally got to see my dad @bobellis333. Oh what a hug that was. We went for a wonderful walk in Central Park together and talked and talked and talked. Vaccinated and outside but we still stayed masked up.” We are so excited for these types of reunions with family, and it’s so beautiful to see this happen for Tracee.

7. Amy Schumer

Image via People/Amy Schumer’s Instagram stories

We absolutely love that Jewish comedian and mom Amy Schumer wore a fancy, sparkly dress to her vaccine appointment. Documenting the occasion on her Instagram story, People reports that the video shows Schumer getting hyped up for her first shot by playing dance music in the car. We relate!!

8. Douglas Emhoff

Jewish Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff has been a key spokesman for the Covid-19 vaccine. This video of Emhoff and his wife, Vice President Kamala Harris, talking to experts and receiving their second vaccine dose in late January really warmed our hearts.

9. Ilana Glazer

Jewish comedian and mom-to-be Ilana Glazer posted a video of herself getting the shot. In the video, she demonstrates just how quick the process is, simply asking, “That’s it?” after receiving the shot. We’re especially kvelling over this one, as there are many misconceptions about the risks of the vaccine for pregnant people.

10. Debra Messing

As of April 9, Jewish actress and Will and Grace star Debra Messing received both her vaccine doses! Messing uses an Instagram post to enthusiastically thank those who helped us get to this place, writing “THANK YOU to EVERY researcher, doctor, nurse, first responder, governor, member of the Biden Administration for making this happen so quickly! 20% of the US is vaccinated! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️” So thoughtful

11. Jack Black

In characteristically dramatic and hilarious Instagram post, internet icon Jack Black posted a video of himself getting a shot of what we think may be the Covid-19 vaccine. We see Black, post-vax, transform into an underwear-clad superhero, complete with Captain America’s shield, Thor’s hammer, and lots of high-energy, nearly-naked antics. If this video doesn’t encourage a vaccine-adverse person to get the shot, I don’t know what will!

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