Vice President Kamala Harris went on MSNBC on Thursday morning to push for black people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
After acknowledging the history of medical testing on black people and their hesitance to get vaccinated because of it, Harris said that it’s crucial that African-Americans get the vaccine because coronavirus is“disproportionally” affecting them. She went so far as to say that black people are “disproportionately likely to contract the virus and die from it.”
“Let’s not let COVID get us. Let’s get the vaccine instead, right? Let’s not let this thing get us. We know black people are disproportionately likely to contract the virus and die from it,” Harris said to host Al Sharpton. “We know when you look at who the frontline workers are who have been most at risk, disproportionately, we are talking about people of color. When you look at the fact that black small businesses, as many as I have seen, 40%, are going out of business or have gone out of business.”
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“It is disproportionately affecting us,” she added. “And if we want to get control of this virus that is harming us at a disproportionate rate, part of it is to get vaccinated when it is our turn. Part of it is to wear your mask — I have my mask right here — to wear your mask all the time when you are around other people. Six feet of distance. Wash your hands with warm or hot water and soap. Let’s save our lives. That’s what this is about.”
Later on Thursday, Harris visited a pharmacy to talk more about the importance of getting vaccinated.
“There are so many reasons to get vaccinated, right?” Harris said, according to CNN. “So we can all get back to seeing all of our family members and being together. That’s right. That’s one of the best reasons to get vaccinated.”
Harris then opened up about her own experience getting vaccinated.
“The first dose I was fine. The second dose I thought I was fine, got up early in the morning, went to work, and then midday I realized, yeah, I might need to slow down a bit,” Harris admitted. “Just that one day, and then it was fine. And then it was fine, like nothing.”