Ricky Gervais has branded coronavirus a "****" after receiving his first dose of the vaccination.

Ricky Gervais (c) Twitter

Ricky Gervais (c) Twitter

The 59-year-old comedian shared a snap of himself having the vaccine injected into his arm on Twitter.

He captioned the snap: "Take that, you Covid c***!" (sic)

Ricky previously joked that he would fight like "an old lady" to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in an interview with US chat show host Jimmy Fallon.

Explaining that he had registered for the jab, the 'After Life' star said: "You put in the details and it tells you where you are and there's like 30 million people ahead of me.

"How could I not be vulnerable; look at me, it's so annoying."

Ricky continued: "I will fight like an old lady for that vaccine, like 'Game of Thrones'. I would be like a deranged junkie. I will grab the needle right out of her arm."

Meanwhile, the comic recently revealed that he wants to be fed to lions at London Zoo when he dies so he can "give something back" to nature.

Ricky said: "It would be good to be fed to lions at London Zoo. It would be good to give something back. We eat animals and destroy habits and at least then I could give something back."

He admits that the thought of visitors witnessing his corpse being eaten makes him chuckle.

Ricky joked: "It would be amusing to see the faces of tourists when this fat, naked dead body is thrown out and as it lands some people go 'is that the bloke from 'The Office'."