FOX NEWS – Trisha Yearwood received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine two months after battling the virus. The country singer, who is married to Garth Brooks, shared the experience on Instagram.
“This #EveryGirl finally got her first dose of the vaccine! To all who made this day possible, thank you. xo #grateful,” Yearwood, 56, wrote.
Yearwood’s first jab came just one day after she discussed lingering symptoms she has while appearing on “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”
The country singer revealed that she still has not regained her ability to taste or smell. Yearwood added that she first realized she couldn’t taste or smell when Brooks brought her coffee five days after contracting the virus.
“I love you, but did you put coffee in here?” she recalled questioning Brooks at the time.
A rep for Yearwood’s husband, Garth Brooks, 59, confirmed that the pair got tested in February. While Brooks tested negative, Yearwood tested positive. Click here to read more.
Celebrities Are Endorsing Covid Vaccines. Does It Help?
Some celebrity vaccine endorsements have delighted social media users. But epidemiologists say there isn’t much evidence proving that they boost vaccine uptake.
May 1, 2021
THE NEW YORK TIMES – Pelé, Dolly Parton and the Dalai Lama have little in common apart from this: Over a few days in March, they became the latest celebrity case studies for the health benefits of Covid-19 vaccines.
“I just want to say to all of you cowards out there: Don’t be such a chicken squat,” Ms. Parton, 75, said in a video that she posted on Twitter after receiving her vaccine in Tennessee. “Get out there and get your shot.”
This is hardly the first time public figures have thrown their popularity behind an effort to change the behavior of ordinary people. In medicine, celebrity endorsements tend to echo or reinforce messages that health authorities are trying to publicize, whether it’s getting a vaccine, or other medical treatment.
In 18th-century Russia, Catherine the Great was inoculated against smallpox as part of her campaign to promote the nationwide rollout of the procedure. Almost 200 years later, backstage at “The Ed Sullivan Show,” Elvis Presley received the polio vaccine in an effort to help reach at-risk teenagers.
But do the star-studded endorsements really work? Not necessarily. Epidemiologists say there are plenty of caveats and potential pitfalls — and little scientific evidence to prove that the endorsements actually boost vaccine uptake.
“Very few people actually do give the weight of expertise, for better or worse, to celebrities,” said René F. Najera, an epidemiologist and the editor of the History of Vaccines website, a project of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia … Click here to read more (subscription may be required)