Jonathan Van Ness shares COVID-19 vaccine selfie after his HIV standing makes him eligible


Jonathan Van Ness says his HIV-positive status made him eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Jonathan Van Ness says his HIV-positive standing made him eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Jonathan Van Ness is the newest movie star to share a vaccination selfie.

On Monday, the 33-year-old Queer Eye star posted a selfie displaying him getting the COVID-19 vaccine in his shoulder. Van Ness, who revealed that he’s HIV-positive in his 2019 memoir, Over the Top, went on to elucidate that he was eligible for the vaccine in New York State due to that pre-existing situation.

Van Ness, who has spent many of the pandemic in Texas together with his new husband, Mark Peacock, urged any followers who may additionally be living with HIV to analysis their very own state tips to find out their vaccine eligibility, including, “had I not been looking online every day I wouldn’t have seen, so def get involved with your search.”

The hair guru mentioned that he skilled no unwanted effects “other than minor soreness” in his arm, and expects to get his second shot in a number of weeks. Busy Philipps, Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan and fellow Queer Eye host Tan France have been among the many commenters cheering on his profitable vaccination.

Van Ness was 25 when he was recognized with HIV, however hesitated to make his standing public till 2019, a call he is mentioned was prompted by what he noticed as then-President Donald Trump’s threatening of LGBTQ rights.

“When Queer Eye came out, it was really difficult because I was like, ‘Do I want to talk about my status?'” he told the New York Times that year. “And then I was like, ‘The Trump administration has done everything they can do to have the stigmatization of the LGBT community thrive around me.’ I do feel the need to talk about this.”

Other celebrities who’ve spoken publicly about being vaccinated embrace Steve Martin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Samuel L. Jackson, Tyler Perry, Martha Stewart, Joan Collins, Christie Brinkley, Judi Dench, Billy Crystal, Spike Lee and Ozzy Osbourne. The Talk co-host Amanda Kloots, whose husband Nick Cordero died of COVID-19 final July, additionally simply introduced her personal vaccination after ready at a website for any additional doses; the 38-year-old later advised critics to not “vaccine-shame” her.

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