Tyler Perry is rolling up his sleeves to spread awareness about the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines. https://t.co/WY6U4NMM2l— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) January 27, 2021
Tyler Perry, 51, received both doses of the vaccine on camera as part of a special for BET meant to bring awareness and dispel myths around the vaccine. From the source:
"If you look at our history in this country, with the Tuskegee experiment, Henrietta Lacks and things like that, it raises flags for us as African American people. So I understand why there's a healthy skepticism about the vaccine," he said.
Perry said prior to learning more about the technology that produced the vaccines so quickly, he "didn't really feel like he could trust it." But he explained, "Once I got all the information, found out the research, I was very, very happy."
COVID-19 Vaccine and the Black Community: A Tyler Perry Special airs Thursday Jan 28 at 9 p.m. ET on BET and BET Her.