US Surgeon general urges Lebron James to set example by taking vaccine shot
Dr. Jerome Adams asks the Lakers superstar to take the shot to convince others to do the same
The country's leading doctor has a request for Lakers superstar LeBron James, who has just finished a championship with the celebrated team. Dr. Jerome Adams says James should be one of the first to publicly take the vaccine so that others would be encouraged to do so.
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Adams said during an appearance on KTLA 5 he hoped the player, who has a school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio and was a leader in the Social Justice Movement, will "make the shot" to others, especially African Americans to encourage them to do the same.
"LeBron James, I know you've been a huge advocate of masks. I want to know when you're going to take the picture. Not the basketball shot, but the COVID shot. Because I did, because I know it's safe is, and we want to make sure people understand how we end the pandemic. "
Adams said when he was in Akron over the weekend he was asked when James would be vaccinated. He believes James would help make the vaccine appear safe to others given his stature and activism in the community.
LeBron James, Dr. Jerome Adams (Getty Images)
The general surgeon can have a point. The Associated Press reports the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs poll that found about 25% of Americans are unsure about the vaccine. Another 25% say they absolutely will not take it.
AP spoke to Horace Carpenter, 86, of Davenport, Fla., Who is African American and knows he is part of the most vulnerable population likely to receive the vaccine. But even he hesitates because of the history of medical racism that African Americans have experienced.
"I would like to see it come out first," said Carpenter, following the recommendation of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease specialist who advocated the vaccine, especially among African Americans. As theGrio reported, Fauci said an African-American virologist helped develop the vaccine to ensure it was safe for black patients.
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However, Carpenter fears that there may be problems with the first introduction of the vaccine.
"There is such racial inequality in our society," he said. "There will be hiccups for sure."
Adams hopes James, and ultimately others, will be ready to personally show that the vaccine is safe so that an end to the coronavirus pandemic that has dramatically impacted the health and finances of African Americans can come to an end.
"I think this is the way we build trust and want people to lead by example," said the surgeon general.
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