Magic Johnson, Arsenio Hall & Danny Trejo Encourage Public To Get Vaccinated
Former Lakes star Magic Johnson, former talk-show host Arsenio Hall and actor Danny Trejo received their first COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday. They encouraged all fellow Los Angeles citizen to get their shots as well.
“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,” Johnson said, 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.
The trio received their shot from Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas at a city-run USC vaccination site.
“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.
“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 if for your family, because I want to keep my kids safe.”
Hall, who received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, stated that health precautions should be more important than 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,” he said. “I trust our scientists a lot more than I trust my mother’s cooking. Thank you [Magic] 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.”
The USC vaccination site, located in a seven-story parking garage on the edge of Exposition Park, will be capable to vaccinating up to 5,000 people a day.