Following the recent pause of Johnson & Johnson‘s COVID-19 vaccine due to cases of extremely rare but severe blood clotting, there was reaction over how it could lead to more vaccine hesitancy.

NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace is doing his part to encourage others to be vaccinated.

On Wednesday, North Carolina-based healthcare system Novant Health announced it is working with the 23XI Racing driver to promote health equity and address vaccine hesitancy, particularly among minority populations.

Wallace and his 23XI crewmates received vaccines earlier this week.

“I‘m not trying to shove it down people‘s throats,” Wallace said Friday morning in a media teleconference. “I‘m just saying, ‘Hey, I‘m comfortable taking this route to get us back to a normal capacity in all aspects of life — go back to what we used to do.‘

“… People I know are very hesitant on trying out some experimental shot or vaccine. But I‘m okay right now. I feel good. And knowing I‘m doing my part, a small part, to help everybody feel comfortable (with getting vaccinated) is big.”

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