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Dr. Ruth on coronavirus vaccination: ‘It’s Nothing’

Dr. Ruth Westheimer has been to New York City’s Javits Center plenty of times. Most years, she goes there to give lectures and at the annual book festival BookExpo.

Yesterday, she visited yet again — this time, to receive her coronavirus vaccine.

After getting the jab, the sex therapist recorded an effusive video about the experience. She thanked the “young people” performing the vaccinations and deemed the operation “very well organized.”

Dr. Ruth has long been on the forefront of public health initiatives. Her radio show “Sexually Speaking,” which debuted in 1980, provided candid information on contraception and helped revolutionize public discussion of sex and sexuality. So it’s no surprise she’s encouraging others to get vaccinated now.

“I was a little scared, to tell the truth,” she admitted, before adding: “It’s nothing. I’ll be back here for the second shot in February.”

Irene Katz Connelly is a staff writer at the Forward. You can contact her at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at @katz_conn.

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