Politics Barack Obama Reveals He Tested Positive for COVID-19: 'Grateful to Be Vaccinated and Boosted' The former president revealed that wife Michelle Obama is also vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, and has tested negative for the coronavirus By Nicholas Rice Nicholas Rice Instagram Twitter Nicholas Rice is a Staff Editor for PEOPLE Magazine. He began working with the brand as an Editorial Intern in early 2020, before later transitioning to a freelance role, and then staff positions soon after. Nicholas writes and edits anywhere between 7 to 9 stories per day on average for PEOPLE, spanning across each vertical the brand covers. Nicholas has previous work experience with Billboard, POPSUGAR, Bustle and Elite Daily. When not working, Nicholas can be found playing with his 5 dogs, listening to pop music or eating mozzarella sticks. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 13, 2022 04:30 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Barack Obama. Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Barack Obama has tested positive for COVID-19. The former president, 60, announced his diagnosis in a statement shared on Facebook and Twitter Sunday afternoon. "I just tested positive for COVID. I've had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am feeling fine otherwise," he wrote. Noting that he and wife Michelle Obama are "grateful to be vaccinated and boosted," Barack also confirmed that Michelle, 58, "has tested negative." Barack Obama Surprises Kids at D.C. Vaccine Clinic with Dr. Fauci: 'Nobody Really Loves Getting a Shot' "It's a good reminder that, even as cases go down, you should get vaccinated and boosted if you haven't already to help prevent more serious symptoms and giving COVID to others," Barack urged as he concluded his message. Barack has been vocal about the importance of getting vaccinated since COVID-19 vaccines became available to the public last year. The politician, who got vaccinated in March 2021, has stopped by various vaccination sites and participated in a COVID-19 vaccine PSA with all living former presidents — except Donald Trump — to encourage Americans to get vaccinated. Want to get the biggest stories from PEOPLE every weekday? Subscribe to our new podcast, PEOPLE Every Day, to get the essential celebrity, entertainment and human interest news stories Monday through Friday. "This vaccine means hope," Barack said in the PSA, which was released in early March 2021. "It will protect you and those you love from this dangerous and deadly disease." Currently, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on a steady decline. RELATED VIDEO: Michelle Obama Gets Real About Her COVID Year: Unexpected Blessings, Quarantine Hobbies & Depression and What's Next Last March, Michelle opened up to PEOPLE about how she and Barack quarantined at home amid the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic with their two daughters — Malia, 23, and Sasha, 20. She explained that the family split time between their homes in Washington, D.C., and Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. "Our girls were supposed to have emptied out of my nest," Michelle explained at the time. "I was sort of celebrating that they were out building their lives and allowing me the emotional space to let them go. Well, they're back!" 5 Things to Know About COVID Right Now However, the time with the family all together, Michelle detailed, was better than she or her husband expected. "This time has allowed us to get some stolen moments back with our girls," the former first lady said. "Those recaptured moments have meant the world to us and I think they've made our relationships with our children even stronger." As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from the CDC, WHO and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.