Comedian Chris Rock is the latest celebrity to share his unsolicited two cents in urging Americans to get vaccinated, using his own breakthrough COVID case as an impetus to advise the masses.
Rock, 56, shared his warning with over 5 million followers on Twitter Sunday after testing positive for the virus.
“Hey guys I just found out I have COVID, trust me you don’t want this. Get vaccinated,” the comedian wrote.
Rock seems to have acquired a breakthrough case of the coronavirus despite having been vaccinated in May 2021.
Hey guys I just found out I have COVID, trust me you don’t want this. Get vaccinated.
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) September 19, 2021
“I’m two shots Rock, that’s what they call me,” the comedian shared his vaccination status on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” in May, noting that he opted for the Johnson & Johnson jab (which is just one shot) after months of advocating for the vaccine.
“You know, I skipped the line. I didn’t care. I used my celebrity, Jimmy. I was like, ‘Step aside, Betty White. Step aside, old people. Kiss my ass! I did ‘Pootie Tang.’ Let me on the front of the line,’” Rock joked with Fallon during his appearance.
“That’s the food stamps of vaccines,” he jested about the J&J shot, though there’s some clear irony in hindsight as J&J reportedly maintains the lowest rate of protection of the vaccines.
Rock joked further, comparing the shot to the “Titanic,” adding, “I was like Billy Zane on the Titanic. Leo died! Billy Zane lived to see another day. I don’t want to be Leo at the bottom of the ocean. Billy Zane got another woman after that! You don’t want to be Leo. Well, in real life you want to be Leo.”
Most Twitter users wished the comedian well, and a few did so while noting they would still refrain from getting vaccinated:
“Get well but I’m saying no to the vaccine,” one user wrote.
“Thank you Chris Rock for being responsible and encouraging people to do the right thing and get VACCINATED. This is the only way to get back to normal,” another shared.
Get well but I’m saying no to the vaccine
— Roy Jackson (@roninroy81) September 19, 2021
Thank you Chris Rock for being responsible and encouraging people to do the right thing and get VACCINATED. This is the only way to get back to normal.
— Sid E.Taylor (@Taylor580Sid) September 19, 2021
One man fervently argued against the vaccine on the grounds that Rock caught the virus despite his vaccination status:
But you said in May you got the vaccine. So why would you tell others to get the shot when you still got COVID and say it’s bad even though you already got vaxxed?? Makes zero sense. pic.twitter.com/A4akhkIugX
— RickLeventhal (@RickLeventhal) September 19, 2021
As expected, however, the wannabe internet doctors came out in full force majority to shame Rock for– what they perceived– was his admittance of being unvaccinated. In doing so, they highlighted a larger problem– that those infected with COVID-19 garner sympathy and societal acceptance only if they are vaccinated, despite the fact that their breakthrough case is antithetical to the purpose of a vaccine.
Why weren’t you vaccinated?
— Thomas E. Ricks (@tomricks1) September 19, 2021
Were you vaccinated and got a breakthrough case? Yes, sad to say, my empathy/sympathy for you rests on the reply to that question.
— ReadyForTheWorldToChange (@bambi_coach) September 19, 2021
Were you vaccinated? If not, you’re contributing to the problem.
— Johnny (the piano geek). 🎹🏳️🌈🌊🌿😎💨 (@john_mannos) September 19, 2021
Chris Rock, are you saying you weren’t vaccinated? If so, what were you thinking?
— Ludie Haubner (@Ludikins) September 20, 2021
I hope you get through this quickly. I’m so irritated with the people who haven’t been vaccinated.
— Concerned American (@Stay_Collected) September 20, 2021
Get vaccinated , it is a virus, why do we get a flu shot every year ? It’s a virus too, the difference between unvaccinated and vaccinated is a chance at coming out of the bout alive
— A (@midsummermutt) September 20, 2021
Another user called out the sad, internet trolls who relish in vaxx-shaming and pointed out that the vaccine, despite its decreased ability to protect against the Delta variant, remains the best method to prevent death or hospitalization for those who test positive.
Everyone’s replying to Chris Rock with the same “gotcha” rhetorical Q: “Weren’t you vaccinated?”
Good thing he was or there’s a good chance he could be in the hospital or dead by now. pic.twitter.com/chYOVEliC5
— Ralph Smorra (@RalphSmorra) September 20, 2021
According to the CDC, more than 180 million Americans are fully vaccinated and over 210 million have received at least one dose. However, daily cases are growing by about 146,000 on average with nearly 1,500 deaths per day.
The New York Times recently reported that the chances of contracting a breakthrough case of COVID-19 are about one in 5,000 per day, and even lower for people who take precautions or live in a highly vaccinated community.
The Biden administration is desperately trying to promote booster shots for the fully vaccinated, but an FDA panel put the kibosh on those efforts last week, citing a lack of safety data.
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