James Reynolds, who originated his iconic role as heroic Abe Carver on Days of our Lives way back in 1981, has always been known as a good guy in real life as well, and his latest actions support this belief.
James Reynolds Shares An Important Message
The Daytime Emmy winner took to social media to share an important message to veterans, especially African Americans, who may be hesitant about getting vaccinated for COVID-19. Reynolds, a former marine, was part of a video urging veterans to get vaccinated and shared the link to a moving video promoting this on Twitter.
“Fighting for Our Lives: Trailer A plea to my fellow Vets to get Vaxed!!” he wrote. In the video, Reynolds begins with an all-too-common belief among the African American community. “You may have heard, people say minorities are more hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine and thought to yourself, ‘yeah, there’s a good reason for that.’ And you know what, you would be right,” he says.
The video then shows Dr. Ivan Cephas, chief, pharmacy service for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs who talks about the notorious Tuskegee experiment, where 600 African American men in Macon County, Alabama were part of an unethical Syphilis study where no treatment was given. “My mother lived in this era, so there’s a lot of hesitancy,” Cephas said, explaining it was only a generation before him, so he understands the hesitancy.
Reynolds returns to the screen and notes it was important to hear why people should be vaccinated from different V.A. clinicians of different ethnicities and professionals. The video then shows a diverse array of doctors from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs who talk about why everyone — especially those brave men and women who served our country — should get the vaccine. Especially with minorities representing a larger percentage of those who contracted and died from the coronavirus.
Reynolds punctuates the topic, explaining how the history of vaccines has changed the world for the better and how important it is to be a part of this historic moment and one that veterans have the power to impact. “As veterans, this is nothing new to us,” Reynolds said. “We know all about stepping up for the greater good. I ask you at this time to step up once more, for yourself, your family, your neighbors, your country and literally, the world.” Days of our Lives (DOOL) airs weekdays on NBC. Check your local listings for airtimes.
— James Reynolds (@JreynoldsJames) May 6, 2021