Action movie star and former Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has received his first shot of the coronavirus vaccine.
He posted the video on Twitter, citing one of his iconic movie lines from The Terminator.
Schwarzenegger also took to Facebook to dismiss conspiracy theorists who tried to post disinformation and falsehoods about the vaccine on his page.
He told his audience bluntly that there was no such thing as an armchair epidemiologist. “I always say you should know your strengths and listen to the experts. If you want to learn about building biceps, listen to me because I’ve spent my life studying how to get the perfect peak,” he wrote.
“Dr Fauci and all of the virologists and epidemiologists and doctors have studied diseases and vaccines for their entire lives, I listen to them and I urge you to do the same. None of us are going to learn more than them by watching a few hours of videos.
“It’s simple: if your house is on fire, you don’t go on YouTube, you call the damn fire department. If you have a heart attack, you don’t check your Facebook group, you call an ambulance…. Virtually all of the experts around the world are telling us the vaccine is safe and some people on Facebook are saying it isn’t.”
He also urged his fans to take a reality check. “In general, I think if the circle of people you trust gets smaller and smaller and you find yourself more and more isolated, it should be a warning sign,” he wrote.
“It takes strength to admit you don’t know everything. Weakness is thinking you don’t need expert advice and only listening to sources that confirm what you want to believe.”