Wait, Tom Hanks And Rita Wilson Haven't Been Vaccinated Yet? She Explains Why

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson in Volunteers (1985)

It’s sometimes hard to believe that it’s been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of our world and essentially flipped our realities upside down. After all of the massive changes we’ve seen as a result of the pandemic, many are starting to feel optimistic as we seem to be on our way to turning a corner. While COVID was already a growing topic before the nationwide lockdown began in March 2020, but the gravity of the situation didn’t really seem to hit the public until Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were diagnosed with the virus. A year later, the two are doing better but still haven’t been vaccinated. Now, Wilson is explaining why this is the case.

Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks were originally diagnosed with COVID-19 while Hanks was filming Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic in Australia. From there, the two were admitted to a hospital and were later released to quarantine in their temporary residence. After a few weeks, the two began to recover and eventually returned to their home in the states.

Given the COVID ordeal the two experienced, many would likely assume that the two would have been vaccinated by now. But as Rita Wilson explained on The Today Show, there’s still an obstacle standing in their way:

It's been so emotional. We haven’t gotten our vaccine yet. How about hearing this for the first time in your life: ‘You’re not old enough.’ It’s like, ‘OK, I’ll take that!’ But we are in line now because so many people are vaccinated and they're opening up to the next tier.

Well, it sounds like Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks find themselves in a slightly awkward (and somewhat flattering) situation. It is still good to hear, though, that the famous couple is now on their way to receiving their vaccines.

Both Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have been incredibly vocal about their COVID experiences since recovering. Hanks, when describing their illness, explains that the virus left him “wiped” and said that Wilson was actually hit by it even harder. With this, the actors have stressed the importance of keeping safe during these times. Hanks, in particular, shared some pretty blunt thoughts for those who choose not to wear masks.

But the two stars have been doing more than just talking during this time, they’ve also been taking action. Last year, Tom Hanks announced their intention to give plasma to assist in the effort to create vaccines and, sometime after confirming the plans, Hanks provided an update, complete with photos of donated plasma.

This past year hasn’t been easy for any of us, as it’s unfortunately come with a number of surprises and devastating losses. But even in the midst of all of this, so many people, whether they be first responders, celebrities, or everyday citizens, have come together in a major way to try to try to improve things for the better. And we can all be grateful for that, as we continue to do our own part to improve things for the better.

Erik Swann
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Erik Swann is a Senior Content Producer at CinemaBlend. He began working with the publication in 2020 when he was hired as Weekend Editor. Today, he continues to write, edit and handle social media responsibilities over the weekend. On weekdays, he also writes TV and movie-related news and helps out with editing and social media as needed. He graduated from the University of Maryland, where he received a degree in Broadcast Journalism. After shifting into multi-platform journalism, he started working as a freelance writer and editor before joining CB. Covers superheroes, sci-fi, comedy, and almost anything else in film and TV. He eats more pizza than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.