Are fear and trauma impeding vaccinations?

Understanding how to move from trauma to triumph is a lesson that Freddie Lee Tyson’s descendants want to pass along, particularly at a time when mistrust in the medical community could keep some fearful people from getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Tyson was one of more than 600 men who were experimented on in Tuskegee, Alabama, by the U.S. Public Health Service starting in 1932. The story of the study, in which syphilis was allowed to remain untreated in African American study subjects, inspired his family to encourage more Black people to take part in health care professions, and now, to correct the record on what happened and encourage people to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Cory Johnson Program for Post-Traumatic Healing at Roxbury Presbyterian Church invited Tyson’s family to speak on Zoom on Feb. 1 to explain what correlation — if any — exists between what happened at Tuskegee


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