Vaccinated for virus, Jimmy Carter and wife back in church

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ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 30: Former president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn prior to the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Cincinnati Bengals at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

PLAINS, Ga. (AP) — Now that former President Jimmy Carter and his wife are vaccinated against COVID-19, they have been able to return to worshipping at their beloved church.

Maranatha Baptist Church in tiny Plains, Georgia, announced on its Facebook page Wednesday that the 96-year-old Carter and Rosalynn Carter are again attending worship in person.

Jimmy Carter hasn’t resumed teaching his Sunday school class, which once drew thousands of visitors annually.

But video from last Sunday’s service shows both of the Carters sitting in their customary spots and wearing masks.

Pastor Tony Lowden announced from the pulpit that both have received vaccinations to guard against the virus.

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