By: Tadi Abedje
This is another situation of a well-known person and their spouse getting caught with the coronavirus. On Aug. 21, Reverend Jesse Jackson and his wife Jacqueline were hospitalized because they tested positive for the coronavirus.
The civil rights activist is vaccinated against the virus and got his first shot in January as he pleaded with people to get vaccinated. Recently, Jackson, who has Parkinson’s disease, was transferred to The Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago to get occupational and physical therapy.
However, the vaccination status of Jacqueline Jackson is unknown, although her family reported she has underlying health conditions that are of concern, according to the Associated Press.
They have been married for almost six decades and are both civil rights activists. Jesse Jackson is known for standing alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s to fight for civil rights. As a result of his work, he was awarded with the Legion d’Honneur, which is one of France’s highest honors.
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“Both of our parents are continuing to receive excellent medical care and we thank God for the progress that both seem to be making. We urge that you continue to keep them in your prayers because we know this is a serious disease,” said their son Jonathan Jackson in a statement to The Chicago Crusader. “We continue to receive the love that is being poured out to our family from around the world.”
This is also significant because Rev. Jackson is 79 years old and Jacqueline is 77, which means that they are in the age group most susceptible to the virus.