Jackson released from Chicago facility after COVID recovery

Rev. Jesse Jackson

In this Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 file photo, Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks before receiving Pfizer’s BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago. Jackson has been released to a Chicago physical therapy center following gallbladder surgery and medical observation, a spokesman said Sunday, Feb. 7. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson is headed home a month after he was hospitalized for a breakthrough COVID-19 infection and following intensive physical therapy for Parkinson’s disease.

Jackson spoke briefly with reporters Wednesday before leaving a downtown Chicago facility.

He and his wife, Jacqueline, were first hospitalized a month ago for COVID-19.

While Jesse Jackson was vaccinated, his wife was not. She required oxygen and was briefly in the intensive care unit before being released this month.

Jesse Jackson had been transferred to a physical therapy hospital. The 79-year-old disclosed a Parkinson’s diagnosis in 2017, which he has managed with physical therapy.

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