On Wednesday morning, country legend Willie Nelson received the COVID-19 vaccine and jokingly bragged that his arm wasn’t even sore after getting the shot.
Nelson, 87, drove his Tesla through a drive-thru clinic in Cedar Park, TX, just outside of Austin. Medical professionals administered the vaccine to the famous musician‘s arm while he stayed in his car. His wife, Annie, spoke with Patrick Doyle of Rolling Stone, and shared details of her husband’s experience.
“We’re lucky,” Annie said to Rolling Stone. “We made sure that (he) wasn’t cutting anybody. In fact, the healthcare workers were kind of angry that we had waited so long, because he is 87 years old and has COPD.”
The couple registered online to take the vaccine. Annie explained the process and said that the pair want to do everything they can to help with the ongoing pandemic.
“We drove up…and we just gave them our arm, they gave us the shot, you get a card. And you get a next appointment. Then you register with the CDC. They need to ask you questions, and we’re all in on helping, so that’s what we did. We want the most information people can get,” she explained.
Willie Nelson said his arm didn’t even feel sore following the shot. However, his wife confirmed that by the next day his arm was, of course, sore. She said they’re both currently feeling a bit tired. Past that, they’re letting the “vaccine do its job.”
“He was bragging yesterday after he got it that he didn’t even have a sore arm,” Annie said of her husband. “Now, today, of course his arm is sore. We’re both just a little tired. I don’t know if we wouldn’t be tired anyway, but we’re gonna do what they said and let the vaccine do its job.”
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During the last year, Willie Nelson and his wife have taken numerous precautions because of COVID-19. Annie says they’ve been extremely careful in quarantine. She says she’s been “insanely type A” for the sake of her husband’s safety.
“Stuff doesn’t even come into the house unless it gets sterilized,” Annie said.
Yet, she says Nelson has still stayed busy by working out, writing new music and recording in his home studio. He’s currently working on a few different projects, including an album with his two sons Lukas and Micah.
“We work out three times a week to keep sane, and he sings, and that’s really helpful,” Annie says. “Sometimes he just puts on his (SiriusXM) channel Willie’s Roadhouse and sings at the top of his lungs to his music. That’s good exercise.”
As the music industry navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, the country icon hopes to get back on the road in the fall. As long as everyone follows through with getting vaccinated, Willie Nelson will get back on the road as soon as he can she says.
“It’ll probably be late August, September before things can get back to normal,” Annie said. “And that’s if everybody gets the vaccination, so we can get some kind of herd immunity. (Willie) said, ‘Right now, it’s basically turd immunity.’”
[H/T Rolling Stone]