Could A COVID-19 Vaccine Really Harm Black People?

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Leslie Taylor-Grover
July 1, 2020

There are countless scary rumors floating around when it comes to coronavirus (COVID-19). Some of the most worrying, however, are about what happens when a vaccine is eventually developed.

The worries are understandable.

One worry is that we won’t even have access to a COVID-19 vaccine. It’s a valid worry, but it’s not that simple. We’re less likely to get the flu vaccine, but it’s not usually an access issue. 

The truth is we WILL have access. But that’s not the only concern.

Because our communities have had a horrible history with vaccines and medical treatment like the Tuskegee experiment, not all of us trust vaccines. So even when we have access, we may not get them. 

But even if we do get a COVID-19 vaccine, many wonder: will it even work on Black people?

People of color are far underrepresented when it comes to health studies, so sometimes medicines are less effective for us, as is the case with many asthma medications. 

So what can we do?

We already know the medical community needs to make more effort to build trust with those of us who are skeptical. Still, we should ALWAYS ask questions, seek second opinions when necessary, and try to prevent illnesses through nutrition, exercise and medication.

We have to know the truth and be cautious - but not let fear keep us from keeping ourselves healthy!

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