LOS ANGELES — Actor-comedian Chris Rock tweeted Sunday that he has Covid-19. "Trust me, you don't want this. Get vaccinated," he urged.
Rock told Jimmy Fallon in May that he had gotten the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, meaning his current case would be a breakthrough instance of the coronavirus.
He joked to Fallon: "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.'"
"That's the food stamps of vaccines," he joked about the Johnson & Johnson shot. Comparing it to the movie "Titanic," he said: "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."
Rock, 56, recently starred in the "Saw" sequel "Spiral" and will appear in David O. Russell's next movie, a period film that was shot in Los Angeles early this year. The untitled film is set to be released next year.
In a interview with Gayle King in January, Rock said: "Let me put it this way: Do I take Tylenol when I get a headache? Yes. Do I know what's in Tylenol? I don't know what's in Tylenol, Gayle. I just know my headache's gone. Do I know what's in a Big Mac, Gayle? No. I just know it's delicious."
While the Covid vaccines do not completely prevent infection, vaccinated people have a far greater chance of having milder infections and not requiring hospitalization. Nearly all deaths due to Covid-19 have been of unvaccinated people.