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Greater New York City Black Nurses’ Association President: When it Comes to COVID-19 Vaccines, ‘I Trust Science’

By Dr. Julius Johnson

Dr. Julius Johnson
Dr. Julius Johnson

I am a nurse and I received my doctorate in nursing. I also represent many fellow nurses. That means that I trust science. Facts are important to me. I want you to have all the facts so that you too feel comfortable when it comes to vaccines, a personal health decision.

Dr. Julius Johnson
Dr. Julius Johnson

The pandemic certainly exposed the disparities that African American New Yorkers face every day when seeking health care. We know that we are at a higher risk of death from the coronavirus. And the 50+ are also at a higher risk. That’s twice as scary for this demographic.

I can tell you that I firmly believe that we need to take care of ourselves, our families and our communities, especially since African Americans are at a higher risk. 

AARP can help you get the trusted information you need to know about the vaccine, its safety, availability, and how effective it is – so you can choose what is best for you. AARP fought to make sure COVID-19 vaccines are free for all Americans, and the organization fought to ensure homebound New Yorkers can get their vaccine if they want one.

AARP is advocating for equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution, prioritizing all Americans 50+ - who have accounted for about 19 of every 20 COVID deaths. So as a nurse, and as a representative of many nurses out in the field, I urge you to do your research so you can make a good decision. You can find more information from AARP New York at

- Dr. Julius Johnson, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, is President of the Greater NYC Black Nurses Association

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