Tom Hanks says he would get COVID vaccine publicly to show it’s safe


At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson spoke publicly about their diagnosis and quarantine and recovery experience.

Now, Hanks has shared a specific thing he wants to do to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

In an interview with Today, the "Greyhound" actor said that he would publicly get the COVID-19 vaccine to show others that it is safe.

"We'll be getting it long after everybody who truly needs to get it gets it," Hanks said. Health care workers and nursing home residents will have priority access to the vaccine.

Hanks tested positive for the virus in mid-March while filming in Australia. He and his wife, Wilson, who also fell ill, recovered and returned to the U.S.

Since Hanks was one of the first Hollywood celebrities to contract coronavirus, he has been known for promoting social distancing throughout the pandemic.
The actor has been very vocal about reminding the public to take proper safety precautions.

He called out people who refuse to wear face masks, explicitly stating, "There's really only three things we can do in order to get to tomorrow: Wear a mask, social distance, wash our hands."

"Those things are so simple, so easy if anybody cannot find it in themselves to practice those three very basic things -- I just think shame on you," he added.

Since testing positive, Hanks has been donating his plasma to help COVID-19 researchers.

Hanks also detailed his experience with coronavirus during a virtual appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," in which he said his bones "felt like they were made of soda crackers."

"Every time I moved around I felt like something was cracking inside," he said, adding that he also felt a "bone-crushing fatigue" and soreness.

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram