Former President Bill Clinton announced Tuesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19, The Hill reported. The 76-year-old is experiencing mild symptoms and repeated the script that he was still "grateful to be vaccinated and boosted."
"I’ve tested positive for Covid. I’ve had mild symptoms, but I’m doing fine overall and keeping myself busy at home," Clinton tweeted.
"I’m grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, which has kept my case mild, and I urge everyone to do the same, especially as we move into the winter months," the former President wrote. Last October, Clinton was hospitalized for an infection unrelated to COVID-19, CNN reported.
The 42nd President was treated in the intensive care unit with intravenous antibiotics and made a full recovery. However, Clinton joins a growing list of celebrities and politicians who champion the vaccine while announcing they're sick with the virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the COVID-19 vaccines are "safe and effective" and "reduce your risk of severe illness." Still, it's notable that messaging is so similar across many such announcements.
Wife Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State and twice-failed presidential candidate, had the same message when she was diagnosed in the spring. "Well, I've tested positive for COVID," she tweeted on March 22.
"I've got some mild cold symptoms but am feeling fine. I'm more grateful than ever for the protection vaccines can provide against serious illness," Hillary Clinton continued.
"Please get vaccinated and boosted if you haven't already!" That announcement came around the same time former White House press secretary Jen Psaki also announced her positive COVID-19 diagnosis and the gratitude she felt for her vaccine status.
"Thanks to the vaccine, I have only experienced mild symptoms." Psaki wrote in her Twitter thread on an account now used by current White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre. "In alignment with White House COVID-19 protocols, I will work from home and plan to return to work in person at the conclusion of a five-day isolation period and a negative test."
Weeks later, a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was double vaccinated and boosted, announced she had also contracted the virus, according to Reuters. "The Speaker is fully vaccinated and boosted, and is thankful for the robust protection the vaccine has provided," spokesman Drew Hammill said in a statement at the time.
President Joe Biden also caught the virus -- twice -- despite being double vaccinated and twice-boosted, the Conservative Brief reported. "Folks, today I tested positive for COVID again," Biden tweeted on July 30.
"This happens with a small minority of folks. I’ve got no symptoms but I am going to isolate for the safety of everyone around me. I’m still at work, and will be back on the road soon," Biden claimed.
This came after Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House chief medical adviser who was also given four jabs, came down with COVID-19 in June, NPR reported. He also ended up with a rebound infection after taking the drug Paxlovid.
Perhaps the vaccines are the reason older people like Biden, Fauci, and, hopefully, Bill Clinton will recover. However, it's noteworthy that the messaging is always so similar every time another fully vaccinated and boosted individual ends up sick anyway.