translated from Spanish: Kamala Harris convinces black communities to be empused

U.S.- On Thursday, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris stood by the pharmacy counter at a Giant grocery store in a mostly black neighborhood here, talking to an older customer about her booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
You will feel, when you receive the injection, in the same way you felt the first one,” Harris told her, recounting her own experience. “The next day, I realized I had to take it easy.

This latest example of Harris’ retail effort to promote the vaccine, while the vice president stood between the frozen pizza box and quinoa bags, underscored its central role in Biden’s administration in persuading African-Americans to inject the issue.
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With many of them cautious about a history of mistreatment by the medical system, Harris’ involvement is considered crucial, especially as some other influential high-profile blacks, including NBA stars, have refused to take on a public role. Read more: “It Didn’t Hurt”: Queen Elizabeth asks Britons to get vaccinated without fear In recent days, she called black local radio stations, recorded separate interviews with NBC’s “Today” show and the Reverend Al Sharpton, and made calls to community leaders, urging people to accept the vaccine while presenting the administration’s $1.9 trillion pandemic aid plan.

Vice President Kamala Harris watches a pharmacist administer a COVID-19 vaccine to Brenda Thompson at a Washington grocery store on Thursday. Ap

Vaccine delivery is growing rapidly, with more than 15 million potentially available doses coming week if Johnson & Johnson gets approval for his vaccine, as expected. This means that a vaccination campaign that has focused primarily on stimulating vaccine availability will shift towards persuasion, especially in the black and Latino communities most affected by the pandemic. Read more: Israel will reveal the names of people who don’t have the COVID-19 vaccine To suggest that enough people inject when supplies are limited “it’s the easy part,” said Samir Balile, a pharmacist and clinical program manager at Giant, who spoke at the event with Harris.Customers queued all day to take photos, he said.

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But “the next phase,” Balile said, will require pharmacists like him, as well as pastors and other local community leaders, to speak openly and frequently about the safety of the vaccine to convince skeptics.

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