NASCAR legend Richard Petty recently rolled up his sleeve to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
The iconic driver of the No. 43 car not only wanted to show the process was safe, but advocated for others to get inoculated as well. In a video shared by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on Twitter Tuesday, Petty shared that he has gotten vaccinated against the virus, explaining of his decision,
“I talked to my doctor and he said he would highly recommend that I go ahead and get a shot,” Petty said. “You’re not only helping yourself — you’re helping your neighbors also.”
“The King” said he was reluctant to get the shot at first and hopes others see the value in protecting themselves.
“I might’ve been a little bit hesitant to begin with, but after looking at all the statistics, I don’t see anything after you take the shot. Everybody seems to get along with it pretty good,” he added.
Petty, 83, joins the list of older celebrities who have spoken out about their decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine, including Dolly Parton, Martha Stewart and former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
More than 110 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the U.S. as of Tuesday, with 72.1 million Americans having received at least one dose.