'Great British Baking Show' judge receives COVID-19 vaccine as UK rolls out inoculations
© Prue Leith

“Great British Baking Show” judge Prue Leith received a COVID-19 vaccine this week after the United Kingdom became the first country to approve Pfizer’s vaccine earlier this month. 

“Who wouldn’t want immunity from #Covid19 with a painless jab?? #vaccine,” Leith, 80, said on Instagram on Tuesday alongside a photo of her wearing a face mask in a medical office.  

“Great British Baking Show” host Noel Fielding sent Leith well wishes on Instagram, commenting “always the most classy glamorous person in the room.” Leith’s fellow judge Paul Hollywood also commented, “Well done Prue.”

The celebrity chef was also filmed receiving the vaccine. She asked. “Have you done it? I didn’t even feel it," after receiving the shot. 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was among those congratulating Leith on Twitter, offering "many thanks to the health workers" working to distribute the vaccine. 


The National Health Service’s Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group also shared the photo of Leith, tweeting that she was “one of the first” to receive the vaccine on Tuesday morning.

Assisted living facility residents and those ages 80 and older are two of the first groups being prioritized to receive COVID-19 vaccines in the U.K.

The Guardian reported last month that National Health Service officials planned to recruit celebrities and influencers to promote getting the COVID-19 vaccine, though Leith was not specifically named in the report. 

Margaret Keenan, 90, was the first woman in the U.K. to receive Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 8. The second person in the country to receive the vaccine was an 81-year-old man named William Shakespeare.

The United Kingdom has reported over 1.8 million COVID-19 cases and 64,908 fatalities.