Dr. James Hildreth answers concerns surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine

Posted at 11:05 PM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-24 07:25:52-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — Meharry Medical College, in partnership with Racial Justice Ministries at Scarritt Bennett Center, hosted a Facebook LIVE Q&A with Dr. James Hildreth to spread accurate information and answer questions on the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday.

Reverand Jean-Marie, Director of Racial Justice Ministries at Scarritt Bennett Center, asked Dr. Hildreth audience-submitted questions to provide answers on COVID-19, the vaccine and the vaccination rollout.

"The way that we’re going to get past the problem that we have, the pandemic is through vaccines," said Hildreth.

As more COVID-19 vaccines are finding their way into thousands of arms, many people are still skeptical.

"When you get the vaccine, you’re not doing something just for yourself, you’re doing something for your larger community," Hildreth said.

Dr. Hildreth used his time to answer many concerns people have about the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines -- like what's in them.

"There’s the modified MRNA itself, there’s a mixture of lipids including cholesterol, there’s some inorganic buffer salts, sucrose, and water."

Hildreth says there are no preservatives, no heavy metals, no cellular products and no animal products in the vaccines.

The infectious disease doctor also discussed the speedy process in how the country created the COVID-19 vaccine, which he credits to technology and other works.

But he really wanted to talk about was building trust between the Black Community and the health care system.

"The science is solid, the science is just unparalleled to me which you should know people that look like us have been involved in the process and sitting at all sides of the table."

If you missed the Q and A you can watch it here, [].