The COVID-19 vaccine is nothing short of a scientific miracle. Since the pandemic's beginning in March of 2020, approximately 577,000 Americans have succumbed to the novel coronavirus.

Whether it be Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson and Johnson, all three of these vaccines have proven to be near 100% effective in preventing severe disease, hospitalization, and death.

President Biden has surpassed his goal of 100M shots in his first 100 days in office; however, there are groups of people in this country that are still hesitant to roll up their sleeves. One group being Evangelical Christians, another, being people of color.

Johns Hopkins' Medicine vice president and chief diversity officer, Dr. Sherita Golden, had the following to say.

People of color, along with immigrants and differently-abled men and women have endured centuries of having their trust violated. We need to give people the facts about the vaccine’s safety and efficacy and renew their trust toward health care in general. It’s incumbent on health care organizations and leaders to help repair and restore that relationship. -Sherita Golden, MD.

Slater and Marjo had the chance to catch up with their friend and local children's author Ty Allan Jackson about his latest milestones as well as his thoughts on the COVID-19 vaccine.

Slater: I know people of color in this country have been reluctant to get the shot, have you gotten yours yet?

The "Read Or Else" co-founder also went on to discuss his latest milestones including impressive sales of his book "Danny Dollar Millionaire Extraordinaire" on Amazon plus his latest accolade, being awarded an honorary doctorate from MLCA for his work in the community. Listen below.


LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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