On the recent episode of the Today Show on Monday, Tom Hanks disclosed his future plans of getting the COVID-19 vaccine shots with wife Rita Wilson.
The “Forrest Gump” star and Oscar-winner said that he and his wife Rita will get the vaccine shots after “everybody else who truly needs it gets it”. “We’ll be getting it long after everybody who truly needs to get it gets it” said the 64 year old actor on the Today Show.
Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson’s COVID diagnosis
Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year in March.
They were travelling to Australia when they got tested after showing telltale symptoms like tiredness, body aches, chills and “slight fevers”.
Tom Hanks also posted a statement on Instagram disclosing his COVID-19 diagnosis with the caption, “Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?”
How Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson dealt with life after getting diagnosed with COVID
He revealed that they followed strict lockdown restrictions and quarantined themselves as soon as they got their test results in order to not pass on the virus to anyone else.
Hanks said, “I think that was much more important, as the second half of the COVID-19 formula, was that we didn’t give it to anybody. Locking down, we’d wear masks and we still do, not just so that we don’t catch it but that you don’t give it to somebody.”
“The Green Mile” actor also revealed that he and Wilson struggled through a ‘tough couple of 10 days’ in their early stages of dealing with the virus. They have in fact also donated their blood samples in order to aid researchers after the presence of antibodies were discovered in their systems.
Tom Hanks also publicized his and Wilson’s health status on March 11, almost 10 days after they were initially diagnosed with COVID-19. This was also the same day when Rudy Goebert, a popular NBA star was also diagnosed with COVID prompting the NBA to shut down for months.
Tom and Rita’s gratitude to those who helped them overcome the illness
He thanked all the medical personnel who were treating them at Gold Coast University Hospital in Australia where they travelled to shoot for a movie.
“Hello folks. @ritawilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us. We have Covid-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else. There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness.” he posted on Instagram along with a picture of him and Rita Wilson.
The couple returned to the US not long after and Hanks tweeted about their return on March 29.
Tom Hanks’ future plans for the COVID vaccine
The “Sleepless In Seattle” star also said in the Today Show that when he gets vaccinated, he will do it in a public manner so as to encourage others to get vaccinated as well.