Rev. Jesse Jackson in 2014.

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson, a famed civil rights chief and two-time presidential candidate, and his spouse, Jacqueline, have been hospitalized after testing constructive for Covid-19, based on a press release Saturday.

Jesse Jackson, 79, is vaccinated towards the virus and acquired his first dose in January throughout a publicized occasion as he urged others to obtain the inoculation as quickly as doable. He and his spouse, 77, are being handled at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

“Docs are at the moment monitoring the situation of each,” based on the assertion from Jesse Jackson’s nonprofit, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition.

“There are not any additional updates presently,” the assertion mentioned. “We are going to present updates as they turn into obtainable.”

A protégé of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jesse Jackson was key in guiding the fashionable civil rights motion on quite a few points, together with voting rights.

Regardless of having been identified for Parkinson’s illness, Jackson has remained lively, and has advocated for Covid-19 vaccines for Black folks, who lag behind white folks in america’ vaccination drive. Earlier this month, he was arrested exterior the U.S. Capitol throughout an indication calling for Congress to finish the filibuster with a purpose to assist voting rights.