Packers Hall of Famer Donald Driver encourages public to get vaccinated

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WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- You may have heard about studies showing a lack of trust in the safety of the COVID vaccine among African Americans.

During an interview with Packers Hall of Famer Donald Driver and his son, our Michael Schlesinger asked about that lack of trust.

"I think we all have a fear," said Driver. "I mean I think everyone's going back to what happened, we're talking about almost 100 years ago."

If you check social media, you'll see references to the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment dating back to the 1930s, when Black Americans were medically misled and studied without their knowledge or consent.

Donald Driver points out that now there are a lot of Black and brown people in the medical profession and he says it's time to move forward.

"We all know, Mike, the normal life is not gonna ever happen again. We're gonna be doing things different. But maybe that's a good thing. Y'know that's not a bad thing, and I think we just all have to trust that the doctors are doing the best thing possible to make sure that we all stay safe," he said. 

Driver says his mother and mother-in-law have both been vaccinated and he and his family are "getting on the list" to get their shots.

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