Seiuli Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s mom, Feagaimaleata (Ata) Johnson, has spoken out in support of getting vaccinated against Covid-19.
The short video message that aims to encourage Pacific people to get vaccinated has been widely shared on social media.
From the Samoa Ministry of Health Facebook page, it has been shared over 200 times and viewed by 21k people in the first 15 hours of being posted.
Ata says she is a proud Samoan living in Califonia, who wanted to share her story to help allay fears about vaccinations. Mrs Johnson acknowledged the immense impacts of the global coronavirus pandemic on Pacific people in the United States.
“This Corona Virus is ravaging world wide and my heart is aching to know that my people Pacific Islanders in many States are being hit harder than any other group, so many of our people and our families are affected to the core..
I’m 72 years old and I’m a lung cancer survivor and after consulting my doctor, I personally felt empowered to make the choice to get myself vaccinated; to protect myself and my family, hence I am vaccinated along with my son and his wife, and we’re all doing just fine.
I pray that my story will help anybody overcome any vaccination hestitation..
It’s what we all need to do to stay safe.
Faafetai tele lava. Tofa Soifua!
Feagaimaleata Fitisemanu Maivia Johnson’s mother is Lia Maivia, born Ofelia Lia Fuataga, worked as a wrestler. Her father Fanene Leifi Pita Maivia was a famed Samoan-American professional wrestler and wrestler promoter who had a successful wrestling career during his time.
Ata married wrestler Ricky Johnson and Seiuli Dwayne is her only child. She has three grandchildren, all girls – Simone, Tiana Gia, and Jasmine.