Tom Hanks reveals whether or not he would take the coronavirus vaccine

Tom Hanks has opened up about whether or not he plans on taking the COVID-19 vaccine, after being one of the first celebrities diagnosed with the virus back in March. In an interview with Today, the Oscar winner revealed that he and his wife Rita Wilson would be getting the […]

Tom Hanks has opened up about whether or not he plans on taking the COVID-19 vaccine, after being one of the first celebrities diagnosed with the virus back in March.

In an interview with Today, the Oscar winner revealed that he and his wife Rita Wilson would be getting the vaccine, adding that he’d be willing to do it publicly.

“We’ll be getting it long after everybody who truly needs to get it gets it,” he said, given that the elderly, aged care residents and health care workers will have first access to the vaccine.

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Hanks, 64, added that despite there being a vaccine, masks are still important in preventing the spread of coronavirus.

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“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,” he noted. “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.”

Back in March, Hanks informed fans that he and Wilson had tested positive for COVID-19 while in Australia. The couple quarantined in a Gold Coast hospital as they recovered from the virus.

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“We have COVID-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else,” Hanks wrote in an Instagram post at the time. “There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness. We are taking it one-day-at-a-time.”

The following month, the pair donated their plasma to medical research in order to assist with finding a vaccine.

“A photo of getting tested for antibodies in preparation of donating plasma. Thank you Dr. Anne Rimoin at UCLA for the study you’re working on to help patients heal from COVID-19,” Wilson wrote in April.

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In early December, Wilson, 64, revealed she still has COVID-19 antibodies, despite recovering from the virus nine months ago.

“I still have antibodies!” Wilson told Jimmy Kimmel, adding that she gets tested every few months.

“They test us and so far we still have them,” she said. “They diminish as you get farther away from your infection, but they’re still there helping us out.”

Antibodies are proteins that help fight off infections and can provide protection against getting the disease again.

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