Two COVID-19 vaccines are now being administered to health care workers around the New Jersey. On Dec. 24, Dr. Shereef Elnahal, the CEO of University Hospital and a former state health commissioner, received the Moderna shot at the hospital in Newark. In this special edition of NJBIZ Conversations, Dr. Elnahal spoke with Editor Jeff Kanige about the vaccine, the process of rolling the shots out to New Jerseyans and the importance of overcoming skepticism about safety that is rife in some communities. “Really, it’s on us to recognize legitimize and listen to these concerns and clearly contrast how this vaccination effort is different in that it’s not explicitly harming people of color,” he says. “But it will help people of color disproportionately because our community here in Newark and so many others like it had been disproportionally devastated by this pandemic.” Watch full the interview here.