Morgan Freeman is calling on everyone to “help make our world a safe place for us to enjoy ourselves again” by getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
The 83-year-old Oscar winner partnered with The Creative Coalition, a nonprofit, arts advocacy group, for a public service announcement on getting vaccinated. His message is simple: “If you trust me, you’ll get the vaccine.”
“I’m not a doctor, but I trust science. And I’m told that, for some reason, people trust me,” Freeman said in the video. “So here I am to say I trust science and I got the vaccine.”
The Oscar winner said getting the jab is “called taking care of one another.”
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Freeman is the latest celebrity to advocate for the COVID-19 vaccine in an effort to quell skepticism as vaccination efforts roll out across the world, joining the likes of Dolly Parton, Mariah Carey and country singer Eric Church.
The reaction to Freeman’s PSA, however, was mixed. Although the actor has played God in several films and can be seen as a voice of reason (literally), some fans didn’t think that was enough for Freeman to ask for blind loyalty.
“I trust Morgan Freeman to be a good actor in his films,” user @taylore90 tweeted. “I don’t trust his medical/scientific advice. I do trust from the data that the vaccine is beneficial and I’ll get it. (Tomorrow, in fact!)”
User @evoterra added: “If you won’t do it for me… If you won’t do it for your friends and family… If you won’t do it for the most vulnerable among us… will you do it because @morgan_freeman tells you to?”
Others, on the other hand, appreciated his celebrity endorsement.
“I’m one of those people. Trust @morgan_freeman , get the vaccine,” @JennNgandu tweeted.
User @LivingSamsara added: “I watched *Bruce Almighty* again this weekend because Morgan Freeman makes me believe in honesty & kindness and Jim Carey is Jim Carey The Great! So yeah, hear his #PSA; what he has to say about the #Vaccine.”
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