Arnold Schwarzenegger Gets COVID Vaccine in Viral Video: 'Put That Needle Down!'

Film star and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger quoted a couple of lines from his best-known movies as he went to get his first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

In a viral video posted on the actor's Twitter, he is seen getting his inoculation at the Los Angeles Dodgers Stadium.

In the video, Schwarzenegger, 73, is seen driving through the stadium and asking a health worker to "put that needle down" as she's injecting him.

This is based on "Put that cookie down now!"—a line from 1998 Christmas family comedy Jingle All the Way.

After Schwarzenegger receives his injection, the health worker offers her congratulations.

In the caption to the video, he said: "Today was a good day. I have never been happier to wait in a line. If you're eligible, join me and sign up to get your vaccine. Come with me if you want to live!"

"Come with me if you want to live!" is an iconic line from Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

In the video, he said he would recommend the vaccine to "anyone and everyone."

The film star also revealed that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti paid him a surprise visit when he was getting his jab.

At time of writing the video has over 1.9 million views on Twitter.

Earlier on Wednesday, Schwarzenegger wished President Joe Biden well after he was inaugurated, marking the end of the Trump adminstration.

"I'm rooting for you @JoeBiden. Your success is the country's success," Schwarzenegger said.

On January 10, the Terminator star issued another viral video, this time condemning the attack on the U.S. Capitol by Donald Trump supporters four days earlier. Five people died in the siege; one policeman and four protesters.

In that video, Schwarzenegger compared the mob who stormed the building to the Nazis of the 1930s and said Trump would go down as "the worst president ever."

Having grown up in Austria, the actor said January 6 was "the Day of Broken Glass right here in the United States."

My message to my fellow Americans and friends around the world following this week's attack on the Capitol.

— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) January 10, 2021

The Day of the Broken Glass or "Kristallnacht" was a pogrom against Jewish people carried out by the Nazi party's Sturmabteilung paramilitary and civilians in Nazi Germany in November 1938. The name comes from the shards of broken grass that littered the streets after Jewish-owned shops, houses and synagogues were smashed.

"President Trump sought to overturn the result of an election—and of a fair election. He sought a coup by misleading people with lies," Schwarzenegger said in the video.

"My father and our neighbours [in Nazi-occupied Austria during World War Two] were misled also with lies, and I know where such lies head."

Arnold Schwarzenegger in LA
Arnold Schwarzenegger is seen on January 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. The actor received his first Covid-19 vaccination on Wednesday. Getty/GC Images/Bauer Griffin