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Take the vaccine like I did: A Black doctor urges her community to protect itself from COVID

Take the vaccine like I did: A Black doctor urges her community to protect itself from COVID
Last week, I was among the first health-care workers in New York to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. My decision to vaccinate was simple: There is nothing that this vaccine can give me that’s worse than dying of COVID.

I took Tylenol before and after.I took Tylenol, stayed hydrated and got some sleep.As an emergency department doctor at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University Hospital of Brooklyn, I am trying to do my part to keep our patients safe.Smith is the associate dean of graduate medical education and affiliations and associate professor of clinical emergency Medicine at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University.

Under an administration dead-set on playing politics with millions of lives, this pandemic brought those disparities into stark relief as it continues to kill far more Black and Brown Americans than white Americans.We need the protection this vaccine offers.

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