- Rev. Jessie Jackson and his wife were hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19.
- A statement said the couple are being treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
- The civil rights leader received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in January.
Pastor Jesse JacksonAccording to his representative, the famous civil rights leader and two-term presidential candidate and his wife have been admitted to the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.
Jackson, 79, and his wife, Jacqueline Jackson, 77, are receiving treatment at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. His non-profit organization Rainbow PUSH Coalition said in a statement.
“Doctors are currently monitoring the conditions of the two,” the couple’s son wrote in an authorized statement.
“There are currently no further updates,” it continued. “We will provide updates as they become available.”
Jackson received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in January, NPR report. As part of a campaign to encourage black people to get vaccinated, he received the first dose of the vaccine, NBC News Said.
As the highly contagious Delta variant sweeps the country, vaccinated people “breakthrough” the COVID-19 infection Already reported, Especially among older Americans or immunocompromised Americans.
In 2017, Jackson was diagnosed And Parkinson’s disease.
In February, he Experienced The operation was successful after hospitalization due to abdominal discomfort.
As a disciple of Pastor Martin Luther King, Jackson has long been the backbone of the civil rights movement, and his activism has existed for many years.
At the beginning of this month, He was arrested Outside the U.S. Capitol, it also called on Congress to cancel the obstruction bill, pass voting rights legislation, and raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Pastor Kim’s daughter Bernice King tweeted that she “prayed” for the couple on Saturday night.
-Become a King (@BerniceKing) August 21, 2021
Although Jackson began to organize during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, his presidential campaigns in 1984 and 1988 elevated him to the highest echelon of democratic politics because he used his exquisite speech to help the alliance of black and liberal voters Provide support and desire to show their right to vote.
Jackson has not won the Democratic nomination in the past two years, but he won in the Southern primaries and several caucus states. Make him a force that cannot be ignored at party.