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Detroit reverend who works among the sick receives COVID-19 vaccine

Posted at 10:36 AM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 10:36:40-05

(WXYZ) — As the COVID-19 vaccines continue to be administered, some members of the clergy who work among the sick are also eligible to receive it.

Detroit Reverend Charles Williams II received the vaccine Monday morning at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is a PhD student and goes into hospitals all over metro Detroit to minister to the sick.

Williams says safety concerns among African Americans should not stop them from getting the vaccine.

A Pew Research survey showed that the rate for not getting a shot was higher among the Black community.

"For people who work in grocery stores, people who are essential," Williams said. "This is an opportunity we need not turn our head at, especially at a time where people need us the most."

He said he had a little pain in his arm hours after getting the shot, but nothing more.

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