Rita Wilson is “grateful for [her] health” after her battle with COVID-19.

Rita Wilson

Rita Wilson

The 64-year-old actress and singer was struck with the virus alongside her husband Tom Hanks exactly a year ago, and has now said she is thankful they were both able to recover from the illness, because she understands many people have not been so lucky.

Writing on Instagram, she explained: “One year ago today I was playing the Sydney Opera House @sydneyoperahouse , the next day started feeling very tired and achy, two days later hospitalized with Covid 19.

“I want to take a moment to say how grateful we are for our health, how thankful we are for the medical care we got in Queensland, and that we share in the sorrow of each person who lost a loved one to this virus. I’m hopeful for so many being able to get the vaccine. (sic)”

The post comes after Tom recently insisted he and Rita will be waiting to get their vaccine against coronavirus until all those who "truly" need it have received it.

In December, the ‘Forrest Gump’ star said: "We'll be getting it long after everybody who truly needs to get it.

"But yes, OK, we had it and it was a tough couple of 10 days. But I think what’s much more important is the second half of the COVID-19 formula, that we didn't give it to anybody.

"Locking down, we wear masks, and we still do - Not just so that we don't catch it but that you don't give it to somebody in case you are one of those asymptomatic carriers."

Tom first revealed he and Rita had contracted COVID-19 back in March 2020, and the pair were among the first Hollywood stars to be struck by the illness.

He posted on social media at the time: "Hello, folks. @ritawilson and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.

"Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?

"We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves! Hanx! (sic)"