Black Doctor Debunks COVID-19 Myths on TikTok
A growing number of Black doctors are using social media address vaccine hesitancy in Black communities. Dr. Kristamarie Collman, a family medicine physician in Orlando, has reached more than 500,000 people with trendy TikTok videos in which addresses common misconceptions about the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I felt as though it was my responsibility as a physician to make sure that I was spreading correct information, especially on social media,” Dr. Collman said in a recent interview. “I want people to know that as a Black woman, as a Black physician, that I hear them, and I understand their hesitancy. I understand their concerns.”
Her commitment spreading to trusted, science-based information on COVID vaccines and bridging the gap for Black communities has landed her in Bustle, NBC, Popsugar, NPR, Women’s Health Magazine and more. She also has a blog called The Glow Up and wrote a book titled Glow Up Your Life: The Rx for Looking and Feeling Good from the Inside Out. For more information about Dr. Collman, follow her on TikTok at @rkristamarie and visit her website.
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