The actor was pictured receiving his first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine on Wednesday.
The retiree, who is among the very first groups eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine, has joined the thousands of people over 80, NHS staff and nursing home staff injected.
The Lord of the Rings star praised the NHS saying he wanted to ‘give them all a big hug’ after he got his jab.
He said, “Next time I come, well no, six days after I come next, I’m going to give them a big hug – is that allowed? I do not know. ”
After receiving the vaccine at the Center for Research in the Arts at Queen Mary University Hospital, Sir Ian said: “It is a very special day, I am feeling euphoric.
“Anyone who has lived as long as me is alive because they have already been vaccinated, the participation rate among the elderly will be 100% – it should be – because you don’t have it just for yourself – even but for the people you are close to – you are doing your part for the society.
“Of course it’s painless… it’s convenient, and getting in touch and meeting with NHS staff and saying thank you for their hard work is a bonus. ”
He also urged others to get the Covid-19 shot if they could.
“I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone. I feel very lucky to have received the vaccine.
Sir Ian joins the growing list of stars – including Prue Leith, Marty Wilde and Michael Whitehall – who have been invited by the NHS to receive the vaccine.
People receiving the Pfizer vaccine will be boosted 21 days after their first dose to ensure the best chance of being protected against the virus.