'I'm Not Throwing Away My Shot': Doctors Rework 'Hamilton' Track to Promote Vaccines

Vax’n 8, a group of seven doctors from Northern California, performed a rendition of ‘My Shot’ from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’ in footage posted to YouTube on March 10, with the aim of encouraging people to get the coronavirus vaccine.

The group said the performance “addresses the social, scientific and political issues currently affecting the decision to receive the vaccine against the virus,” adding: “While we completely respect everyone’s freedom of choice, we as a group of physicians support and encourage everyone who can to receive a vaccine based on our understanding of both the science behind its safety, and the global imperative to bring population immunity to the point where the pandemic can finally come to an end.”

CBS reported that Doctor Andrew Liu originally assembled the group, and that the lyrics, music, and video took four months to produce.

This footage shows members of the group performing the song, with the lyrics adapted to promote COVID-19 vaccines. Credit: Vax in 8 Docs via Storyful

Video Transcript

[MUSIC PLAYING]

- I'm not throwing away my shot! I'm not throwing away my shot! He yo I'm just like a country, I'm down, tired, and angry, and I'm not throwing away my shot!

DR. TONY BERGER: I have seen a thing or two in med college, I shouldn't brag but modern medicine can really astonish. Maladies like small pox have been abolished. But out of nowhere comes a zoonotic virus for which we've no knowledge!

DR. ANDREW LIU: It's a different kind of beast, a new type of threat every doctor dreads, now leaving more than a million dead. 11 months along this pandemic disaster, these Vacaville streets get colder, we shoulder--

DR. HEIDI LADNER: Every burden, every disadvantage we've tried to manage, but without a way forward, we're beaten down and damaged. The plan is to find a cure to change the game. In case you haven't noticed let me spell out its name.

- It's the C-O-R-O-N-A-V I-R-U-S it's COVID-19.

DR. RAUL MACIAS GIL: A vaccine that works most effectively. So COVID can strike with impunity. Essentially, it trains your immunity to recognize virus parts with most certainty. Activate T and B cells to fight disease and kill the virus before it can grow with ease.

- Victory! We say in parentheses.

DR. RAUL MACIAS GIL: Don't be shocked when the history books mention these interventions that fought back infirmity, bringing back our very lives and normalcy.

- I'm not throwing away my shot! I'm not throwing away my shot! Hey yo I'm just like my country. I'm down, tired, and angry, and I'm not throwing away my shot!

DR. FERNANDO SILVA: It's time to take a shot! I dream of life without a full ED. Every patient will be cared for in their time of need. Waiting rooms, hallways, are no place to be comfortable. Gotta triage while protecting the vulnerable with my shot!

DR. AMANDA THORNTON: Yo, I treat the infectious. We vaccinated safely now with decades of practice. Now MMR and polio are things of the past. We'll have a blast beating this COVID at last. It's gonna take a shot!

DR. TUONG-VI HA: But we'll never be truly free until our kids are back at school and blowing off their energy. You and I, do or die, wait 'til I'm making the connections, bringing your kids protections with another shot!

DR. HEIDI LADNER: Geniuses! Lower your voices! You keep pushing patients like they haven't got choices. I'm with you, but the social media's fraught with anti-vaxxers stirring the pot. The trust is going to get shot!

DR. RAUL MACIAS GIL: Yo! Check what we got! About 100 million interventions ready to rock!

DR. AMANDA THORNTON: You can hear us talk, complete with swagger or not, but believe the sight of doctors lining up for their shots!

DR. TUONG-VI HA: What are the odds Big Pharma's here and serving it hot? Through their competition strive to build a cure-in-a-box. Gotta distribute effectively, get through all these waiting lists.

- Give me a syringe and show me where the vaccination is!

- I am not throwing away my shot! I'm not throwing away my shot! Hey yo I'm just like my country, I'm down, tired, and angry, and I'm not throwing away my shot!

DR. ANDREW LIU: I have dealt with death so much it fills up my memory. When's it going to take all these loved ones away from family? If I see it coming, am I helpless to let it be? Is like a beat without a melody? See, I've never seen a virus strike so deadly! Anywhere you work, patients crash quickly. Ask anybody why we have to strive working hard through overtime, have to make each precious life last. That's plenty!

DR. TUONG-VI HA: Second that. More than this moment, it's a movement. Where are the silent majority to represent?

DR. RAUL MACIAS GIL: Foes oppose us, we take an honest stand. Provide the answers to questions that they demand.

DR. AMANDA THORNTON: And? If we rise above complacence, is that a guarantee of freedom for our patients? Or will the loss of trust begin an endless cycle of lockdowns for the economy and business?

DR. HEIDI LADNER: I know the stuff on the airwaves is unsettling, but we have to stand together and fight off misinformation. We need some leaders who will be more than politicians. Are we a nation of states? With the state of our nation?

DR. FERNANDO SILVA: I'm past patiently waiting. I'm passionately smashing misrepresentation. Every shot to an act of affirmation! I'm standing in the way of casualties and sorrow! For the first time, I'm thinking past tomorrow!

- I'm not throwing away my shot! I'm not throwing away my shot! Hey yo, I'm just like my country, I'm down, tired, and angry, and I'm not throwing away my shot!

We're gonna rise up! It's time to take a shot!

We're gonna rise up! It's time to take a shot!

We're gonna rise up, rise up! Time to take a shot!

Rise up, rise up! It's time to take a shot! Rise up! It's time to take a shot! Take a shot! Shot! Shot!

Yo, it's time to take a shot! Time to take a shot!

And I am not throwing away my, not throwing away my shot!