In an excerpt of an interview Harris did with Al Sharpton for MSNBC, Harris announced that the Biden administration is giving 2 million vaccines to local pharmacies and that people have to go out and get them.
"I got vaccinated. I can tell you, first of all, that these vaccines are safe, it will save your life," Harris announced.
Harris seemed to be addressing matters among Black Americans, which Sharpton has spoken about in the past. She remarked that it was a Black doctor who was helpful in the development of one of the vaccines.
"There's a Black woman, Dr. Kizzy Corbett who was part of the team of scientists who created this vaccine, and it will save your life," Harris stated, in reference to Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, who was a director on the team at the National Institutes of Health that worked with Moderna on their vaccine.
"Yes, we must speak the truth about the history of medical testing in this country. We must be honest about the fact that people have a righteous skepticism about how it has been used, how it has been tested, and on whom it will be used," Harris went on, making an apparent reference to the Tuskegee Study of syphilis in Black men, where participants were not notified of the nature of the study and were not correctly treated, even after penicillin was being used to treat the illness.
"There is a righteous skepticism if you know history," Harris maintained. "But I promise you and I'm telling you this vaccine is safe, and it will save your life and the lives of your family and your community, and we have it within our power to actually do that."
Sharpton announced that he himself had been dubious about the coronavirus vaccine, though said that Harris "turned me around." Harris herself had been skeptical of the vaccines while they were being produced throughout the Trump administration, saying she would not trust that they were safe based only on Trump's word.
In her interview with Sharpton, Harris noted that when it comes to COVID-19, "Black people are disproportionately likely to contract the virus and die from it." In order to fight that, she said, they need to get the vaccine.
“We know black people are disproportionately likely to contract the virus and die from it,” Harris said. “We know when you look at who the frontline workers are, who is the most at risk disproportionately, we are talking about people of color.”
“Let’s not let Covid get us—let’s get the vaccine instead,” Harris announced