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Faith and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Rev. Donald Nevins, pastor of St. Agnes of Bohemia Catholic Church in Chicago, left, receives the first of the two Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccinations Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, from Sherrie Spencer, Vice President Chief Nursing Officer at Saint Anthony Hospital in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

US bishops discourage Catholics from getting Johnson & Johnson vaccine if given a choice

By Jack Jenkins — March 2, 2021

(RNS) — ‘If one has the ability to choose a vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccines should be chosen over Johnson & Johnson’s,’ the statement read.

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The Supreme Court is seen at sundown in Washington, Friday afternoon, Nov. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

After California ruling, some are worshipping indoors, others still think it’s too risky

By Alejandra Molina — February 12, 2021

(RNS) — ‘We’re going to hold on until we feel better about it,’ said the Rev. Austin Doran, of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Los Angeles County.

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, left, and Rabbi Elliot Dorff. Courtesy photos

Faith and the COVID-19 vaccine: ‘I’m a member of a community with duties’

By Julie Schonfeld — February 9, 2021

(RNS) — Rabbi Elliot Dorff, a theologian and ethicist specializing in medical ethics, talks about what we owe each other when it comes to being vaccinated.

Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi. Video screengrab

Faith and the COVID-19 vaccine: ‘The scientific community has a storytelling problem’

By Julie Schonfeld — February 2, 2021

(RNS) — The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi, a Buddhist monk ordained by the Dalai Lama, on the impact and challenges of the pandemic.

The Rev. Jacques Andre DeGraff. Video screengrab

Faith and the COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Using the Black church to get the word out’

By Julie Schonfeld — January 26, 2021

(RNS) — The Rev. Jacques Andre DeGraff of Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem talks about how Black communities are overcoming distrust of the medical community.

Imam Mohamed Magid during an interview with Rabbi Julie Schonfeld. Video screengrab

Faith and the COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Muslims were among the first to believe in vaccines’

By Julie Schonfeld — January 21, 2021

(RNS) — A conversation with Imam Mohamed Magid on the safety and theological underpinning of taking the vaccine.

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