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Rev. Jesse Jackson and Wife Jacqueline Hospitalised After Contracting COVID-19

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and his wife Jacqueline, have been hospitalised after testing positive for COVID-19.

This was confirmed by Jackson’s activist organisation, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, in a statement to WMAQ-TV on Saturday, saying that the couple was being treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

“Doctors are currently monitoring the condition of both,” read a statement by their son, Jonathan Jackson. “Anyone who has been around either of them for the last five or six days should follow the CDC guidelines.”

Jesse Jackson, 79, is fully vaccinated, having received his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Jan. 8 at the Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago. He even shared video of himself receiving the vaccine.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted existing disparities in our nation and specifically in the Black community resulting in a hospitalization rate 3.7 times greater and a death rate 2.8 times greater than that of the White community,” he said in a January press release. “We need our strong leadership in our government to have the vaccines administered to people of color as soon as possible before the death rate rises to catastrophic proportions.”

Complex confirms now that shortly after receiving his first dose, Jackson underwent gallbladder surgery and spent weeks recovering at a rehabilitation center, where he had also received years of treatment for Parkinson’s Disease.

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