Brazilian football legend Pele received his COVID-19 vaccine shot on Tuesday while urging people to continue taking precautions, including wearing masks, social distancing and hand-washing.
The 80-year-old called it an “unforgettable day” as he took to his Instagram account to post a photo of himself taking the vaccine shot and giving a thumbs-up.
“Today was an unforgettable day – I received the vaccine!” read the beginning of the captioned.
“The pandemic is not over yet. We must keep discipline to preserve lives until many people have taken the vaccine. Please continue to wash your hands and stay home if possible. When you go out please don’t forget your mask and maintain social distance. This will pass if we can think of others and help each other,” he added.
It is not clear which vaccine the football great had received or if it was the first or second dose.
Pele is the only player in history to win three World Cups—in Sweden in 1958, Chile in 1962 and Mexico in 1970.
The octogenarian has been in self-isolation at his house in Sao Paulo since the start of the pandemic. His health has deteriorated in recent years, and in limited recent public appearances, he has been seen in a wheelchair or supported by a walker.
(With inputs from agencies)