Musicians Helping Ease Nerves For People Getting COVID Shots

In New York and across the country, musicians are now becoming part of the vaccination process. Their music is helping to ease the nerves of people getting COVID shots; Vladimir Duthiers reports for CBS2.

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JESSICA MOORE: Start spreading the news in New York and across the country. Musicians are now becoming part of the vaccination process. Their music is helping to ease the nerves of people who are about to get their COVID shots.

DICK BRENNAN: And for many of these musicians, it's their first live performance in more than a year. CBS 2's Vladimir Duthiers has more.

VLADIMIR DUTHIERS: For most of us, life's milestones are marked by a soundtrack. That's why performances are popping up at vaccination sites across the country. And whether it's Yo-Yo Ma in Massachusetts or Richmond Philharmonic players in Virginia, it seems clear, there's medicine in music.

MAGGIE MALINA: It was actually really great to come out of a really tense environment and hear the music. When I sat down, they were playing, God Only Knows Where I'd Be Without You, Beach Boys. So it was a nice feeling.

- In New York City, the Jacob Javits Convention Centet's sprawling campus has transformed into the country's largest vaccination site, vaccinating 14,000 people daily. Javitz CEO Alan Steel.

- I mean, this represents freedom. They don't lose their mask. What they do is they lose some of their inhibitions about the future.

- And while there's understandable anxiety--

- In the beginning, I was, like, nervous a little bit.

- The music offers a relaxing remedy for patients.

- We've noticed that there's a direct correlation between decreased levels of anxiety and calming people's nerves when the music is present.

- And a place for artists to, finally, perform.

CAMILLE ZAMORA: I have artists, every day, looking at me and saying, you have brought me back my first gig for the last year.

- Opera singer Camille Zamora is co-founder of Sing For Hope, a nonprofit that's hiring musicians to play at the vaccine center. For many, the first crowd they've seen in over a year.

- It feels like water in the desert, you know? It just feels like what we've been missing. It's the cheapest, oldest medication that we have. It's music.

- Vladimir Duthiers, CBS News.

- We were just talking. I got my first shot today at Javits Center, and to be honest with you, it was emotional. Like he said, it's just you just feel a sense of relief washing over you.

- But if you got Yo-Yo Ma there, you might not leave, you know?

- Exactly.

- It's like, can I stick around here for 15 minutes?

- The 15 minutes. Yeah, I'll take the 30 minutes just to be safe.