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Ricky Martin & Dr. Fauci Talk COVID-19 Vaccines at 2021 Latin AMAs

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Ricky Martin at the 2021 Latin American Music Awards the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL on April 15, 2021.

Ricky Martin and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the chief medical advisor to the president, took center stage at the 2021 Latin AMAs – via Zoom chat – to talk about the importance of the Hispanic community getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

"Hispanics are disproportionally bearing the burden of COVID-19, so it's extremely important to get them vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and their community," explained Dr. Fauci.

The pair went on to talk about potential side effects after receiving the vaccine. "The usual ones," Dr. Fauci, who shares the same birthday as Martin (Dec. 24), said. "Sore arm for a day and for the second dose, you might feel fatigue, but it never lasts more than 20 hours or so."

And what about masks, asked Martin -- should we still be wearing them even after being fully inoculated? "For the time being, even if you are vaccinated, wear a mask when you're with other people who are not vaccinated," added Dr. Fauci.

Since the U.S. COVID-19 vaccine rollout began nearly three months ago on Dec. 14, nearly 200 million vaccines have been administered with 23.6% of the U.S. population fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection.

Martin -- who performed "Canción Bonita" alongside Carlos Vives at the sixth edition of the Latin AMAs on Thursday (April 15) -- ended the conversation on a positive note. "Wouldn't it be amazing if we can all celebrate our holidays hugging each other feeling safer about this? I can't wait."