We’re concerned about it being tested on persons of color,” said A.R. Bernard, the bead of a Brooklyn megachurch who declined a major healthcare organization’s invitation to sit on a committee aimed at boosting vaccine acceptance within the black community in New York City. Bernard was hospitalized with the virus in March, and says he wants to “wait and see” until more information emerges on the vaccine’s side effects.

Reuters suggests that the hesitation by black pastors towards vaccination ‘is striking’ because they have been playing a key role in educating their communities about the risks of the virus for African Americans, who are 2.8 times more likely to die from the disease than white Americans, according to the CDC.



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