Ruben Diaz Sr. receives 1st dose of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine
The Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr. received his first dose of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine with his son, the Bronx borough president, by his side.
The 77-year-old councilmember was vaccinated at Doctor Medical Urgent Care on East Fordham Road.
Somos Community Care and the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization are part of the effort to educate communities that Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. says have been used for medical experiments throughout history.
Diaz Jr. also says that biblical myths in a very religious community are causing hesitation for people of color. The borough president has called the Bronx the "ground zero” for COVID devastation, and the answer is the vaccine.
At least 150 Hispanic ministers and leaders were set to receive vaccines today to set an example.
The Bronx still has the highest infection rate out of any borough at nearly 6%. According to city data, a total of 1 out of every 12 people in the ZIP code where the vaccinations are being given have had the coronavirus.
“I am here as a son, as a family member who would never, ever, ever do anything to jeopardize the people I love,” Diaz Jr. says.
The Bronx borough president says he will be getting the shot as soon as he is eligible.
News 12 is told those who are eligible can sign up for an appointment at the urgent care.