Former President Obama on Tuesday shared a message on Twitter encouraging Americans to get the coronavirus vaccine while addressing misinformation that has circulated about vaccinations.
“There is a lot of disinformation out there, but here’s the truth: You should get a COVID vaccine as soon as it’s available to you. It could save your life—or a loved one’s,” Obama wrote, while linking to a New York Times op-ed.
The article outlined the distrust within the Black community concerning the COVID-19 vaccine and shared the opinions of 60 National Academy of Medicine members who all encouraged Black Americans to get vaccinated.
“We feel compelled to make the case that all Black Americans should get vaccinated to protect themselves from a pandemic that has disproportionately killed them at a rate 1.5 times as high as white Americans in cases in which race is known — a rate that is most likely very conservative,” the op-ed reads.
Obama, along with former Presidents George W. Bush and Clinton, offered in December to get his coronavirus vaccine publicly to enforce the idea that the inoculation is safe and to encourage other Americans to get the shot.