Oliver Stone "Hopeful" After Receiving Russian COVID-19 Vaccine

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"I don't know if it's going to work," says the Oscar-winning filmmaker.

Oliver Stone recently was administered the Russian version of the COVID-19 vaccine and says he is not concerned about possible complications.

The Oscar-winning director made his comments about the matter to Russian media outlets, as documented by The Associated Press. The  74-year-old is currently in Russia filming a climate change documentary.

Speaking to one foreign outlet, Stone confirmed he had the Russian vaccine, adding, "I don't know if it's going to work. I got it a few days ago."

The controversial filmmaker said he had "heard good things" about the country's vaccine, dubbed Sputnik V, and was "hopeful" it would work. Stone noted he needed a booster shot in 45 days.

Russia launched its nationwide vaccine distribution last week, the first in line were those with high-risk health conditions. However, health experts have warned the Sputnik V vaccine could be potentially harmful to people over the age of 60, Newsweek reports.

In the U.S., Pfizer’s version of the COVID-19 vaccine began to be administered to a small number of front line health care workers throughout the country, including in New York and California, on Monday. The moment was marked as both historic and hopeful.

A request for additional information and comment was not immediately returned by Stone's rep.