WVXU: Meet the UC doctor trying to change minds skeptical of the COVID-19 vaccine

Louito Edje, MD, says the COVID-19 vaccine is based on years of science

Louito Edje, MD, associate dean of graduate medical education at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and UC Medical Center, spoke with WVXU about why she is on a public relations blitz – she was featured in segments on CNBC, TMZ, BET and MSNBC - to change minds about vaccinations for COVID-19. The pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on Black Americans and Edje, a Black female physician, is hoping her participation in the Moderna vaccine trial and her voice may sway some opinions about vaccine safety and efficacy.

After her second dose, Edje was pretty sure she didn’t get a placebo as part of the vaccine trial. "I had a lead arm and it lasted about 24 hours and not much longer than that," Edje told WVXU listeners. "I was able to continue working."  She feels fine now and says the risk of being in a trial group was worth it to her because she's lost four family members to COVID-19.

Listen to the WVXU interview with Louito Edje, MD, online.

Louito Edje, MD, seated is shown in the UC College of Medicine Simulation Center. Photo by Colleen Kelley/University of Cincinnati.

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