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Tyler Perry receives coronavirus vaccine, urges education and research to quell skepticism – Deadline

Tyler Perry received both doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine and hopes to help reluctant skeptics form their own opinions on the vaccination.

The multi-hyphen spoke with CBS this morning Tuesday and shared the details of their upcoming BET special, The Covid-19 vaccine and the black community A special Tyler Perry, scheduled to premiere Thursday. The special BET event will see the mogul discussing the virus and vaccine with experts, hoping to educate viewers on the doses.

“I’m not taking this vaccine because I want you to take it, I want to give you the information so that you can make your own choices,” he told CBS’s Gayle King. “I think that’s what it is, education and information.”

During Tuesday’s interview, Perry said he understands where the distrust and skepticism about the vaccine has come from, especially for the black community. He mentioned the Tuskegee and Henrietta Lacks experience, adding that the story of those experiences “raises flags for us as African-American people.”

He also revealed that he initially did not trust the vaccine, also given the previous administration, but decided to take the vaccines after the experts answered his questions. While not everyone can access the answers about the Covid-19 vaccine as easily as Perry, the Do one the actor-director said the doubt was not worth skipping the vaccine.

“I think it’s just important for people to know that if you take your chance with Covid you never know how it’s going to affect you and it could affect your health in the long run,” he said.

His special will air on BET on Thursday, January 28 at 9 p.m. PT / ET. See full CBS this morning interview above.

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