Here's How Martha Stewart Got Her COVID-19 Vaccine

Okay, so here we are, closing in on our one-year coronaversary (break out the quarantinis and order some Grubhub!), and at last there's a little light peeking over the horizon in the form of a vaccine. Getting the vaccine from the laboratory into people's arms, however, is still a pretty long, drawn-out process, and we're going to have to sit tight and be patient while we wait for our lives to get back to normal, or the new new normal, or whatever life is going to look like once COVID is no longer our #1 problem.

First in line to receive the vaccinations are those most in need. People in high-risk groups and/or vital positions such as our soon-to-be president and VP (and Santa, of course!) are getting vaccinated, as are the healthcare workers who make both lists. Still, there's always a little suspicion creeping in that celebrities and rich people will get vaccinated long before those of us further down the food chain. And yes, there have been a few famous folks who've already gotten their jabs –- People lists Sir Ian McKellen (you may know him better as Gandalf), Oliver Stone, and the Great British Baking Show's own Prue Leith as celebrities who've all been vaccinated, and according to her Instagram, they've just been joined by Martha Stewart. So wait: Are movie and TV stars' lives more important than everyone else's? Calm down, that's not the case. Let Martha explain.

Martha's a senior role model

Martha recently shared with her Instagram followers (all 1.2 million of them) a video of her receiving her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in what she described as "a designated vaccine pod near the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Downtown." Ahh, of course, that's how you get vaccinated! Donate enough money to have a "Center for Living" named after you, and go straight to the head of the line! But no. That's not how Martha made the list. While admitting that Mt. Sinai received 10,000 applications for the latest batch of vaccines, she reassured her fans: "To allay your concerns that I jumped the line know that I am in the approved age group for this batch of vaccines and I waited in line with others."

Yes, ageless though she may often seem, Martha Stewart is actually 79 years old. She's been the OG domestic goddess since 1982, but she was already 41 at the time, and will be celebrating her 80th birthday this August. Not only does her age qualify her for the vaccine, but as comments on her Instagram pointed out, having this near-octogenarian icon sit down and take her shot like a woman was quite the inspiration. As one fan put it, "Thank you for trusting science!!" While we might not be able to emulate Martha's epic skills, we can, at least, aspire to showing similar courage when our turn comes to get the COVID vaccine.