Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson haven’t had Covid vaccine a year after hospitalisation

Tom Hanks' wife discusses 'effectiveness' of coronavirus drug

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Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson, both 64, have not yet received the coronavirus vaccine, she told hosts on The Today Show. The couple contracted the deadly virus a year ago in  Australia, which led to them being hospitalised. The Hollywood couple were there to work on a Baz Luhrmann film which became suspended following the Forrest Gump actor’s statement.

We haven’t gotten our vaccine yet

Rita Wilson

Speaking on US programme The Today Show, the Sleepless in Seattle actress revealed that she and her husband have yet to be vaccinated.

She said: “It’s been so emotional. We haven’t gotten our vaccine yet.

“How about hearing this for the first time in your life, ‘You’re not old enough.’ It’s like, ‘OK, I’ll take that’.”

However, the star said she was hoping to receive the vaccine as soon as her age group became eligible.

Rita continued: “We are in line now because so many people are vaccinated and they’re opening up to the next tier.

“But, yes, even when we found out we had antibodies and that was extraordinary because you knew you had some protection, that’s what the vaccine is also helping people [with].”

The actress spoke about the release of lockdown restrictions around the world and seeing people reunite with their family members.

“To witness people hugging each other for the first time in a year, grandparents hugging their grandchildren, people hugging their parents, there’s nothing like that. That is truly a gift.”

Last month the actress took to Instagram where she expressed her “hope” for getting the vaccine.

Alongside a picture of her and her husband, Rita wrote: “One year ago today I was playing the Sydney Opera House @sydneyoperahouse, the next day I started feeling very tired and achy, two days later hospitalized with Covid 19.

“I want to take a moment to say how grateful we are for our health, how thankful we are for the medical care we got in Queensland, and that we share in the sorrow of each person who lost a loved one to this virus.

“I’m hopeful for so many being able to get the vaccine.”


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Last March the actor revealed in a statement that he and his wife had tested positive for coronavirus.

The pair had been in Australia for the pre-production of Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley film from Warner Bros.

The award-winning actor explained he and Rita had felt “tired, had cold and body aches” ahead of their diagnosis.

“Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. ” he continued.

Tom went on to confirm that he and his wife were following protocol which included being “tested, observed and isolated”.

The couple spent five days in hospital before being released and subsequently were “resting at a rented home” in Australia.

Two months after his diagnosis, the actor took to Instagram to share an image of him giving plasma after he tested positive for coronavirus antibodies.

“Here’s last week’s bag of plasma. Such a bag! After the paperwork, it’s as easy as taking a nap”, he quipped.

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