Arnold Schwarzenegger's Viral Vaccine Message Resurfaces Amid Delta COVID Surge

Arnold Schwarzenegger's advice to anyone hesitant about getting a COVID-19 vaccine has gone viral on social media.

Back in January, The Terminator actor issued an impassioned plea via Facebook, urging fans to get vaccinated against the coronavirus as soon as they could.

The message was first posted alongside a video of Schwarzenegger receiving his first jab at a drive-through vaccination clinic in California.

However, it has since resurfaced after a screenshot of the lengthy post began being shared on Twitter amid ongoing vaccine hesitancy among certain sections of society.

Piers Morgan, scientist Dr. Mike Galsworthy, writer Brooke Cain and Angela Christine Weyand, MD, a clinical assistant professor at Michigan Medicine, were among those to share the viral post which saw Schwarzenegger urge those skeptical about vaccines to "listen to he experts."

"I always say you should know your strengths and listen to the experts," the message reads. "If you want to learn about building biceps, listen to me, because I've spent my life studying how to get the perfect peak and I have been called the greatest bodybuilder of all time. We all have different specialties.

"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."

Fair play to @Schwarzenegger … he does articulate this very well.

A healthy society is built upon many communities of expertise, where we all should have some basic levels of trust in each other to do the jobs we do.

— Dr Mike Galsworthy (@mikegalsworthy) August 7, 2021

The post saw the Predator star take aim at the misinformation being spread on social media, explaining that no one is going to become more knowledgeable than the country's top scientists and doctors "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," he wrote.

"If 9 doctors tell you you have cancer and need to treat it or you will die, and 1 doctor says the cancer will disappear, you should always side with the 9. 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."

Schwarzenegger concluded by urging fans to avoid "going down a rabbit hole of misinformation" by refusing to listen to the authorities.

"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," he explained.

"Some people say it is weak to listen to experts. That's bogus. 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."

The 74-year-old's remarks resurfaced just a day after the screenwriter of the Will Smith film I Am Legend spoke out after the movie was cited by at least one person as reason to avoid having a COVID-19 vaccine.

A piece published by The New York Times, revealed that an unnamed female employee at Metro Optics Eyewear did not want the jab as "she was concerned because she thought a vaccine had caused the characters in the film I Am Legend to turn into zombies."

Akiva Goldsman, who co-wrote and produced the 2007 film, tweeted in response: "Oh. My. God. It's a movie. I made that up. It's. Not. Real."

That has not prevented I Am Legend from taking center stage in a series of anti-vaccination memes.

One such post features a shot of Smith and a zombie from the film alongside the caption: "Remember, in I Am Legend, the sickness didn't make the zombies. The vaccination did."

The striking thing about this anecdote is that it's not one person's crazy remark, but sounds like something that's been spreading around widely in some corners of the Internet. Which it turns out it has. This post has tens of thousands of shares, with mostly serious comments

— Vera Bergengruen (@VeraMBergen) August 9, 2021

This meme continues to be shared despite the fact Reuters previously discredited it as incorrect in an article posted back in December 2020.

In a fact-check piece on the film, the news outlet explained the meme's claim was incorrect as "The virus in I am Legend was a genetically engineered measles virus created to cure cancer, not a vaccination."

Newsweek has reached out to Schwarzenegger for further comment.

Arnold Schwarzenegger speaking into a microphone.
Arnold Schwarzenegger at a press conference for "Terminator: Dark Fate"- One of the actor's old social media posts addressing COVID vaccine hesitancy has resurfaced online. Jun Sato/WireImage