Jonathan Van Ness shares COVID-19 vaccine selfie after being eligible based on his HIV status

Jonathan Van Ness shares COVID-19 vaccine selfie after being eligible based on his HIV status

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

Jonathan Van Ness is the latest celebrity to share a vaccination selfie.

On Monday the 33-year-old Queer Eye star posted a selfie showing getting the COVID-19 vaccine in his shoulder. Van Ness, who revealed that he is HIV positive in his 2019 memoir, Exaggeratedfurther stated that because of this pre-existing condition, he was eligible for the vaccine in New York State.

Van Ness, who spent most of the pandemic in Texas with his new husband, Mark Peacock, urged all supporters who may also be living with HIV to investigate their own state guidelines to determine their eligibility for vaccination, adding: “If I hadn’t searched online every day that I hadn’t seen, be sure to join your search.”

The hair guru said he had no side effects “other than minor pain” in his arm and expects to get his second shot in a couple of weeks. Philipps employees, Bridgerton Star Nicola Coughlan and Fellow Queer Eye Host Tan France was one of the commentators cheering on his successful vaccination.

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Van Ness was 25 years old when he was diagnosed with HIV but hesitated to publish his status until 2019. One decision he said was sparked by then-President Donald Trump’s threat of LGBTQ rights.

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

Other celebrities who have spoken publicly about vaccinations include 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 conversation Co-host Amanda Kloots, whose husband Nick Cordero died of COVID-19 last July, also just announced her own vaccination after waiting in one place for extra doses. The 38-year-old later asked the critics not to “shame” them.

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