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Faith and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Survey: Vaccine hesitancy declines among faith groups, spurred partly by religious appeals

By Jack Jenkins — July 28, 2021
(RNS) — Rates of vaccine refusal remained constant or even increased in some groups, however.
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Anger as French protesters compare vaccines to Nazi horrors

By Angela Charlton, Constantin Gouvy — July 20, 2021
PARIS (AP) — “I wore the star, I know what that is, I still have it in my flesh,” Holocaust survivor Joseph Szwarc said Sunday.

In many COVID hot spots, a pattern: High concentrations of white evangelicals

By Jack Jenkins — July 15, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It’s clear that the pattern is more white evangelical Protestants equals lower vaccination rates,’ said Natalie Jackson, research director at the Public Religion Research Institute.

For one LA Catholic church, meeting indoors is ‘historic’ after wave of COVID-19 deaths

By Alejandra Molina — June 21, 2021
SAN GABRIEL, Calif. (RNS) — A church that held a funeral a week during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic tentatively comes together in person again.

NIH director: We asked God for help with COVID-19, and vaccines are the ‘answer to that prayer’

By Jack Jenkins — June 15, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘This is about saving lives,’ NIH Director Francis Collins told RNS.

Meet the Friendly Neighbor Epidemiologist encouraging her fellow Christians to get vaccinated

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 19, 2021
(RNS) — Written in epidemiologist Emily Smith’s friendly, informational voice, the Facebook page has grown to more than 96,000 followers.

With Pope Francis’ blessing, Catholics pressed Biden White House to waive vaccine patents

By Claire Giangravé, Jack Jenkins — May 10, 2021
(RNS) — 'Pope Francis is very involved,' said the Rev. Augusto Zampini, one of the directors of the Vatican’s COVID-19 Commission.

Half of US Mormons are COVID-19 ‘vaccine hesitant’ or ‘vaccine refusers,’ study shows

By Jana Riess — May 6, 2021
(RNS) — The study finds Mormons believe in vaccinations in general, and they trust their church leaders to do the right thing. Yet church leaders have been urging members to get the COVID-19 shot, and half don't want to.

LifeSiteNews removed from Facebook for violating COVID-19 misinformation policies

By Jack Jenkins — May 5, 2021
(RNS) — The ultraconservative website, which often features faith content, was removed for ‘repeatedly violating our COVID-19 policies,’ a Facebook spokesperson told RNS.

At Orange County mosques, they come for the halal tacos and stay for the vaccination

By Alejandra Molina — April 28, 2021
(RNS) — Activists working on Latino & Muslim unity are holding vaccination events at Islamic centers where Muslims can break their Ramadan fast while feasting on halal tacos.

Christian nationalism is a barrier to mass vaccination against COVID-19

By Monique Deal Barlow — April 1, 2021
(RNS) — Some who identify as Christian nationalists believe they will be protected from any disease.

Franklin Graham unfazed after evangelical base blasts him for encouraging vaccines

By Yonat Shimron — March 26, 2021
(RNS) — Graham's March 24 Facebook post uncovered a deep divide among evangelicals, many of whom are suspicious of COVID-19 vaccines. His organization, Samaritan's Purse, is managing vaccine clinics in Boone, North Carolina.

Faith and the COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Don’t throw away your shot’

By Julie Schonfeld — March 23, 2021
(RNS) — 'The mayor's office called, wanting to take a shot with me, but the mayor was too slow. When he called I had already gotten my shot!' said Pastor Clarence C. Moore, senior pastor of the New Era Church in Indianapolis.
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