Cuomo gets COVID-19 vaccine at Harlem church hit hard by pandemic

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at the Mount Neboh Baptist Church in Harlem on March 17, 2021.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo received the COVID-19 vaccine at a Harlem church on Wednesday.

The governor was vaccinated with the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot at Mount Neboh Baptist Church after touring its pop-up vaccination site and speaking to the congregation about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.

Cuomo had previously said he would publicly get vaccinated at a church in a community of color that was hit hard by the pandemic in an effort to combat so-called vaccine hesitancy.

According to the governor, 53% of New York City’s population is white, but white New Yorkers make up 56% of the people who have been vaccinated. Comparatively, 27% of the city’s population is Black, but only 19% of people who have been vaccinated are Black, Cuomo said.

“Communities that suffered most should be fist on the vaccine line,” the governor added.

The Mount Neboh Baptist Church lost over a dozen of its members to the virus, according to pastor Dr. Johnnie Green.

Green said he received his vaccine and encouraged everyone to get vaccinated as soon as they’re eligible.

Watch the governor’s news conference below

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