LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles icons Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Arsenio Hall and Danny Trejo received their COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday during a live event at USC.
All three celebrities encouraged everyone to get the vaccine when they are eligible.
“I am so happy to be here with Danny and my 40-year friend Arsenio Hall to take this vaccination because it’s so important. I’ve been doing everything the right way, wearing my mask, cleaning my hands all the time, I’ve been taking a COVID-19 test seems like every two weeks,” said Johnson, who received the Pfizer vaccine.
“The most important thing now is to get this vaccine and to ease my mind … I’ve done all my research and homework and I consulted my doctors and they said this what I should be doing,” he added.
Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas administered the shots to Johnson, Hall and Trejo at a city-run site at USC’s University Park campus to specifically encourage people in South Los Angeles to get the vaccine.
The site is in a seven-floor parking garage and people can drive or walk up to receive their vaccine.
“Most importantly, it’s right here in South L.A. … as you probably all know, recent data has shown that 4% of South L.A. residents have been vaccinated as of mid-February, and yet 18% or 16% of the COVID-19 patients were coming from this area,” USC President Carol Folt said.
With vaccines rolling out over the last few months, the rate of infections in L.A. County has dramatically declined. The seven-day average is about 648 cases per day, while a couple of months ago it was over 20,000, Mayor Eric Garcetti noted.
“I’m so proud to take this shot, and I know there’s a lot, even in my neighborhood, there’s a lot of tough guys that are talking about ‘you don’t need no shot’ but you know what, maybe your family does,”’ said Trejo, who received the Moderna vaccine. “If you don’t take it for yourself, take it for your family, because I want to keep my kids safe.”
Hall, who received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, said the health precaution should transcend politics.
“By the way, Donald J. Trump and Barack Obama both got this, they don’t agree on nothing but they’ve both got the vaccine,” Hall said. “Thank you Earvin for inviting me to do it. We got to do this because we got to get back to normal and this is the only path to it.”
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