The media mogul recently appeared on CBS This Morning to discuss with cohost Gayle King his experience receiving both shots of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, after he was asked by health officials to take it in order to encourage confidence.
"I took my first one Jan. 4, and I took the second one yesterday," he explained. "I had no reaction to the first shot. This shot that I just took yesterday, I woke up with some aches and pains. But I took some Advil about an hour ago and I feel fine now."
"I didn't really feel like I could trust it," Perry also said while discussing the science behind the vaccine. "But once I got all of the information, found out the researchers, I was very, very happy."
And now that Perry's educated himself and received the vaccine, he's hosting a TV special on BET this Thursday night at 9 p.m. EST called COVID-19 Vaccine and the Black Community: A Tyler Perry Special.
"If you look at our history in this country, the Tuskegee experiment, Henrietta Lacks, it raises flags for us as African American people," Perry told King while discussing the special, which will include him interviewing medical experts. "So I understand why there's a healthy skepticism about the vaccine."
"I have a crew that works for me, and they're largely African American people who were all skeptical about the vaccine. When they sat in the room, as they worked on the cameras, and doing hair and makeup...they listened to all the information and by the time we got to the end of it, they all wanted to take it."
"it all goes back to getting the correct information and getting it from people that you trust and you understand. I think this last administration did a lot of damage in eroding trust, when it comes to this vaccine. But the information that I've found has been very helpful."
COVID-19 is still spreading across the United States. There are safety precautions you can take in your everyday life to prevent getting or giving COVID-19: wear a mask, practice social distancing, and get tested when necessary. Head to the CDC's website for information about how to get a COVID-19 test in your state.
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