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Jesse Jackson moves to rehab hospital while his wife remains in ICU for breakthrough COVID-19 infections

Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, 79, and his wife Jacqueline, 77, are hospitalized with COVID in Chicago: Former presidential candidate is fully vaccinated

  • The Rev. Jesse Jackson has been transferred to a hospital focused on physical rehabilitation after receiving treatment for a breakthrough COVID-19 infection
  • His wife, Jacqueline, has been moved to an intensive care unit, according to a family statement released Friday
  • Jonathan Jackson, one of the couple´s five children, said that his father's COVID-19 symptoms are abating 
  • Jackson has Parkinson's disease and will receive 'intensive occupational and physical therapy' at The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago 
  • Jacqueline Jackson is not on a ventilator but is receiving increased oxygen in the ICU at Northwestern Memorial Hospital 

The Rev. Jesse Jackson has been transferred to a hospital focused on physical rehabilitation after receiving treatment for a breakthrough COVID-19 infection while his wife, Jacqueline, has been moved to an intensive care unit, according to a family statement released Friday.

Jonathan Jackson, one of the couple´s five children, said that his father's COVID-19 symptoms are abating.

Jackson has Parkinson's disease and Jonathan Jackson said he will receive 'intensive occupational and physical therapy' at The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago.

Jacqueline Jackson is not on a ventilator but is receiving increased oxygen in the ICU at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Jonathan Jackson said.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson has been transferred to a hospital focused on physical rehabilitation after receiving treatment for a breakthrough COVID-19 infection

The Rev. Jesse Jackson has been transferred to a hospital focused on physical rehabilitation after receiving treatment for a breakthrough COVID-19 infection

His wife, Jacqueline, has been moved to an intensive care unit, according to a family statement released Friday. Jacqueline Jackson is not on a ventilator but is receiving increased oxygen in the ICU at Northwestern Memorial Hospital

'Both of our parents are continuing to receive excellent medical care,' he said. 'We urge that you continue to keep them in your prayers because we know this is a serious disease.'

Jesse Jackson is 79, and Jacqueline is 77. They were admitted to the hospital on Saturday.

Jackson, a famed civil rights leader and former presidential candidate, is vaccinated against the virus. He received his first dose during a publicized event where he urged others to receive the vaccine too.

Jackson told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Jacqueline, also a civil rights activist, has not been vaccinated. He said his wife didn´t get vaccinated because she has a 'preexisting condition' they were worried about. He did not elaborate.

Generally, public health experts strongly encourage people with existing health conditions, such as cancer or diabetes, to get vaccinated as they are at increased risk for severe illness.

Family members have said the Jacksons were admitted to the hospital in part because of their age and that both have been responding positively to treatment. They have been married nearly 60 years.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson and his wife Jacqueline are hospitalized with COVID

  • Rev. Jesse Jackson, 79, and his wife, Jacqueline, 77, have been hospitalized
  • Jackson was vaccinated with Pfizer in January and urged others to get a shot
  • 'Doctors are currently monitoring the condition of both,' their son said 

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, 79, and his wife, Jacqueline, 77, have been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19, according to a statement Saturday.

Jesse Jackson, a famed civil rights leader, is vaccinated against the virus and received his first Pfizer dose in January during a publicized event as he urged others to vaccinate as soon as possible. 

Jacqueline Jackson, a largely private figure, has not spoken publicly about her vaccination status. The two are being treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

'Doctors are currently monitoring the condition of both,' according to the statement authorized by their son, Jonathan Jackson.

Rev. Jesse Jackson received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in January (above). The Jacksons are being treated for COVID at a Chicago hospital. He is 79 years old. Jacqueline Jackson is 77

Rev. Jesse Jackson received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in January (above). The Jacksons are being treated for COVID at a Chicago hospital. He is 79 years old. Jacqueline Jackson is 77

Rev. Jesse Jackson, 79, and his wife, Jacqueline, 77, are seen in 2013. They are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Chicago

Rev. Jesse Jackson, 79, and his wife, Jacqueline, 77, are seen in 2013. They are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Chicago

'There are no further updates at this time,' the statement said. 'We will provide updates as they become available.'

The prevalence of so-called 'breakthrough cases' is causing concern as the Delta variant drives a surge in cases nationwide.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that vaccines greatly reduce the risk of hospitalization and death, even if they don't prevent all cases among the vaccinated.

'While these vaccines are effective, no vaccine prevents illness 100% of the time. For any vaccine, there are breakthrough cases,' the CDC website acknowledges.

'However, fully vaccinated people are much less likely to be hospitalized or die than people with similar risk factors who are not vaccinated,' the agency said. 

Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks to the crowd during a demonstration supporting Democrats' push to change election laws, on Capitol Hill on August 2

Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks to the crowd during a demonstration supporting Democrats' push to change election laws, on Capitol Hill on August 2

Three US senators said Thursday they have tested positive for COVID-19 despite being vaccinated, though none were ill enough to be hospitalized.

Senators Angus King, a Main Independent, Roger Wicker, a Mississippi Republican, and John Hickenlooper, a Democrat from Colorado, all said they have tested positive for the virus.

A protégé of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jesse Jackson was key in guiding the modern civil rights movement on numerous issues, including voting rights. 

Jackson has remained active, most recently advocating for COVID-19 vaccines for black people, who lag behind other racial groups in the United States' vaccination drive.

In the past month, Jackson has been arrested twice participating in protests demanding the passage of the Democrats' voting bill.

In late July, he was arrested during a sit-in at Senator Kyrsten Sinema's office in Phoenix, where protesters demanded the moderate Democrat withdraw her support for the Senate filibuster.

The Jacksons are being treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago

The Jacksons are being treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago

Rev. Jesse Jackson, 79, and his wife, Jacqueline, 77, are seen in 2018. They are currently hospitalized with COVID-19

Rev. Jesse Jackson, 79, and his wife, Jacqueline, 77, are seen in 2018. They are currently hospitalized with COVID-19

On August 2, Jackson was arrested with 200 other demonstrators during a protest at the U.S. Capitol .

The protest, organized by Poor People's Campaign, was part of a series of events to demand the passage of Democrats' new election rules, an end to the filibuster, a $15 hourly minimum wage and protection for immigrants.

Speakers at the rally - that began in Washington DC in front of Union Station, and ended on the Capitol - included Lyndon B. Johnson's daughter Luci Baines Johnson. 

Her father signed the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which organizers say 'has since been gutted.

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