PAUL McCARTNEY says he will be taking the coronavirus vaccine as soon as it is available to him.
The Beatles star stressed that it was "great news" that vaccinations are now being administered, and said he believes they will "get us out of this".
While the 78-year-old celebrated the impending arrival of inoculations, he insisted that there are still a number of challenges lying ahead.
"I mean it's going to be very difficult for a while yet, because you can't just lock down a country unless you're China," McCartney told the Sun.
"We can't have that kind of lack of freedom, we're all brought up to enjoy this great freedom that we have in a democracy.
"So if somebody says, particularly to younger people, 'Look, you've just got to stay in Saturday night', I can't imagine all those girls you see in Liverpool in the freezing cold in the tiniest of mini-skirts on a Saturday night in the middle of winter, I'm not sure sure you can say to them, 'Look, you've got to stay home'."
Last week, the UK began the rollout of its vaccination programme after clinically approving Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine - becoming the first country in the world to do so.
Elderly people living in care homes and front line health care workers are being prioritised, but McCartney says he'll be happy to get the jab as soon as he can.
The Yellow Submarine singer won't be the first famous first to get vaccinated. Actor Ian McKellen, Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith and rock and roll star Marty Wilde have already been vaccinated.
"I'll be glad when we get back [to normality], it will be a nice change to actually play to some people," McCartney said.