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COVID-19 takes a big toll on Latinos.
To help move Latinos from vaccine hesitancy to vaccine confidence, Salud America! is uplifting the stories of real Latinos who overcame misinformation, got the COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson), reconnected with family, and are helping end the pandemic and variants like Delta and Omicron.
Rosa Herrera read on Facebook that the COVID-19 vaccine would inject her with a microchip.
She’s glad she did.
“I’m able to see my grandkids and my kids here. It gives you more freedom,” Herrera said.
Jesus Larralde was nervous about the COVID-19 vaccine’s possible side effects.
But what drove him to change his heart and pushed him to get the vaccine?
“We need to learn, and we need to understand that we need to stop spreading this thing around. Because if we don’t take our shots, that’s not going to happen,” Larralde said.
Helen Cordova knows how dangerous COVID-19 is.
She’s been working on the frontline as an ICU nurse throughout the entire pandemic.
When the vaccine was first authorized for emergency use by the FDA in December 2020, Cordova was chosen to be one of the first recipients of the vaccine.
But she was very nervous and didn’t originally want to get it.
See what changed her heart!
Maria Maldonado knows what it’s like to experience the tragedy of COVID-19.
She lost five family members to the virus in the past year, including her mother.
“Because I trust science. They developed it fast, but they still took the protocols and the safety measures that they had to take,” Maldonado said.
Once the vaccine was available for children ages 5 to 11, Maldonado got her 9-year-old son Jacob vaccinated.
She hopes that other Latino parents will vaccinate their children and help protect the Latino community, which has been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
“I feel a sense of relief. And I feel like it’s a little bit of a step forward in trying to help one another, and being a good citizen,” Maldonado said.
Like many of us, Norma Cavazos has had her life turned upside down by COVID-19.
Cavazos can’t wait for the pandemic to end.
But when the COVID-19 vaccine first came out, Cavazos didn’t want to get it. She read a few fake news articles that claimed the vaccine would make people with underlying health conditions very sick.
See what changed her heart!
Chris David heard folks say the shots will make your skin shed, damage your DNA, and are part of a secret conspiracy to get people to accept government control.
So why did this military brat end up getting the COVID-19 vaccine?
See what changed his heart!
Alfred Lee has heard just about every COVID-19 vaccine myth out there.
He’s seen YouTube videos about how “dangerous” the vaccine is, how it’ll track people, how it’ll make people’s skin fall off. His friends and neighbors believed these myths and kept telling Lee not to get vaccinated.
But Lee wanted to go fishing with his friends. So he decided to get vaccinated, and he’s glad he did.
“Oh yeah, I feel much safer now, are you kidding?” Lee said.