The Rev. Jesse Jackson, 79, and his wife, Jacqueline, 77, were hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19according to a statement issued Saturday.
Jackson is vaccinated against the virus and publicly received his first dose in January. Both are cared for at Northwest Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
“Doctors are currently monitoring the condition of both”, It was said in the statement authorized by his son, Jonathan Jackson. “There is no more updated information at this time. We will offer updates when they are available. “
A protégé of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jesse Jackson was instrumental in guiding the modern civil rights movement on numerous issues, including voting rights.
Jackson has remained active, his most recent involvement being in favor of vaccines against COVID-19 for the black population, which lagged behind the white population in the inoculation campaign in the United States.