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Hampton mayor, president of Hampton University roll up their sleeves to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Posted at 11:12 PM, Dec 23, 2020

HAMPTON, Va. - The president of Hampton University, Dr. William Harvey, and Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck both rolled up their sleeves and received the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday.

Both were given the first dose at Sentara CarePlex Hospital in Hampton.

The leaders say they wanted to take it publicly in a show of unity and wellness and to demonstrate that the vaccine is safe for those who may be skeptical.

"The fact is that the mayor of Hampton and I are leaders. We happen to be African Americans, and the fact is what we've talked about was we want to make sure people understood that it's important to get the vaccine," Dr. Harvey said.

Both said it's an important moment to showcase that we are moving in the right direction with the virus and that there's a light at the end of the tunnel.

Workers at Sentara Healthcare were among the first in Hampton Roads to receive shipments of the Pfizer vaccine on December 14, which included 11,700 doses.

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