Comedian and actor Anthony Anderson is focused on his health and wellness as he wraps up the final season of the sitcom Black-ish.

Anderson sat down with Blavity to talk about his decision to join Will Smith's "dad bod" challenge, and his decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Like others in the Black community, Anderson said he had his reservations about getting the vaccine, but after talking with his healthcare provider and doing some research, he decided getting vaccinated was in his best interest.

The actor cited the Tuskegee experiment as one of his hesitations for getting the vaccine. 

"I think we all had reservations when the vaccine was first proposed to us. One because the clinical trials were so rushed. Two, because of the history of things like that with the malfeasance and Tuskegee experiment and all kinds of things like that, that affected our community," he said. "Especially when you're hearing in the media that this disease is affecting the Black and brown communities at disproportionate rates."

The 50-year-old actor, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, said ultimately choosing to get the vaccine and put his health first was a priority. The Barbershop actor joined his mom, who he said also has diabetes and is a smoker, to get their COVID-19 vaccine. 

"We decided it was the best thing for us to do for ourselves, our loved ones. To protect ourselves and our loved ones and our community," Anderson said. 

The Emmy-nominated actor credited not having any adverse side effects from the vaccine with taking Advil as pain relief, saying that growing up it was a "staple" in his house. 

As a result, Anderson is launching the #AfterMyShot campaign with Advil to help educate people who may experience side effects from the vaccine. According to a statement shared with Blavity, the purpose of the campaign is to empower those who opt to get the vaccine, while informing people that it doesn't have to be a scary experience. 

The CDC states that some common side effects include pain, redness and swelling in the arm where you got the shot. People could also experience fatigue, a headache, muscle pain, chills, fever and nausea. The agency recommends people take over-the-counter medicine, including ibuprofen and acetaminophen as pain relief. 

But Anderson is not new to prioritizing his health and wellness. Back in 2014, the actor lost 47 pounds after deciding to make "healthier choices" despite always feeling "confident" even at his heaviest of 270 pounds, ABC reported

Seven years later, the actor is focused on redefining his "dad bod" with hundreds of other men who have since joined Smith in his 12-week weight loss challenge. 

The actor announced his participation in the challenge on Instagram on May 5.

"So this is what we doing @willsmith @therealchrisspencer @marlonwayans @flexaforeal 12 weeks! No trainers! All on our own?! Challenge accepted! Let’s go!" he wrote.

Contrary to most, though, Anderson is proud of his figure, and says that anyone who is a dad, regardless of fitness level or physique, has a "dad bod." 

"It comes in many shapes and forms. As long as you're a daddy, then you got a dad bod. I don't care what it looks like," the actor said. "It can look fit, it can look fat—that's still a dad bod." 

'We're just trying to sculpt it and live as healthy as we can," he added.