The actor urged others to get vaccinated by sharing a video of himself receiving the first dose in his car and quoting his famous film The Terminator.
“Today was a good day. I have never been happier to wait in a line,” he wrote in the caption. “If you’re eligible, join me and sign up to get your vaccine. Come with me if you want to live.”
In the clip, the star, wearing a black face mask, also references the “put that cookie down” line from his film Jingle All the Way, telling the nurse: “Put that needle down!”
In a longer post on Facebook, Schwarzenegger wrote: “Dr Fauci and all of the virologists and epidemiologists and doctors have studied diseases and vaccines for their entire lives, so I listen to them and I urge you to do the same.”
Warning people about conspiracy theories on social media, he added: “In this case, virtually all of the real experts around the world are telling us the vaccine is safe and some people on Facebook are saying it isn’t. 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 that you’re going down a rabbit hole of misinformation.”
Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Tom Jones, Dame Judi Dench, Prue Leith and Dame Joan Collins are among the other celebrities who have already been vaccinated.