Actor and producer Tyler Perry is trying to calm apprehensions surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine in Black communities by going on television and getting the vaccine himself to do so.
The show is called “COVID-19 Vaccine and the Black Community: A Tyler Perry Special.”
Not only does Perry roll up his sleeve to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but he also sits down with doctors to help ease concerns the Black community may have about the vaccination and the pandemic.
He told CBS This Morning that he had been skeptical about getting the vaccine and trusting in science and the government.
“If you look at our history in this country, with the Tuskegee experiment, Henrietta Lacks and things like that, it raises flags for us as African American people. So I understand why there’s a healthy skepticism about the vaccine,” he said during the interview.
The government allowed Black men to have a progression of syphilis and actively did not treat the illness during the Tuskegee Syphilis Study to see the natural progression of the disease.
Click here to read more about the Tuskegee study.
Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951, but doctors harvested her cells without her knowledge or consent to be used in research.
You can read Lacks’ story here.
He said once he did his research he was happy to get the vaccine, deciding on the Pfizer version. The first dose went fine. After the second, he said he had aches and pains that were relieved by Advil, People magazine reported.
The Black community has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic with African Americans dying from COVID-19 at a rate three times higher than that of white people, The New York Times reported.
Click here to watch the half-hour special.
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