MARYLAND — There are other vaccines in the works still waiting for approval from the FDA.
A woman with ties to Maryland just got her second shot of the Astra-Zenica vaccine. Maria Roach is a 12-year breast cancer survivor whose twin sister also battled cancer.
Their struggle through chemo, radiation and research is what inspired Maria to take part in the COVID-19 vaccine.
"I lost my twin sister, my very best friend to breast cancer three years ago and she fought a long hard battle," said Roach. "But it was thanks to the research that we had, she lived so much longer than the doctors had ever predicted and I know if black men and women and children were going to survive this pandemic, we need really solid research."
Maria lives in Orlando with her husband and two teenage boys. She got the vaccine in September and her booster shot last month.
She suffered minor flu-like side effects.
A filmmaker decided to chronicle her journey in an upcoming documentary.