Faith and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Another COVID-19 outbreak strikes Northern California retirement home for Jesuits

By Alejandra Molina — March 8, 2023
(RNS) — As of Tuesday, 31 men had tested positive for COVID-19 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, an unincorporated town in Santa Clara County.

Fortitude through faith: The Muslim pandemic experience

By Omar Suleiman, Rania Awaad, and Taimur Kouser — March 31, 2022
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Could Novavax win over some religious vaccine skeptics?

By Jack Jenkins — February 18, 2022
(RNS) — Novavax's CEO has framed his company's vaccine as an alternative for those who object to the use of fetal cell lines in the development of existing popular vaccines.

Houses of worship grapple with the future of their online services

By Diana Kruzman — February 14, 2022
(RNS) — Two years into the pandemic, more religious institutions are asking themselves what a hybrid approach can and should look like.

Missouri governor’s ‘Christian values’ statement questioned

By Jim Salter — February 4, 2022
(AP) — Gov. Mike Parson indicated earlier in the week he would only nominate a state health director who shared his “Christian values.”

Undertakers, rabbis join global fight promoting COVID shots

By Lindsey Tanner — December 28, 2021
(AP) — Vaccine promoters are up against fear, mistrust, complacency, inconvenience and people who simply have bigger worries than COVID-19.

Hard-hit by COVID, Israel’s ultra-Orthodox slow to get shots

By Tia Goldenberg — December 28, 2021
BNEI BRAK, Israel (AP) — The group has some of the lowest vaccination rates in the country despite being pummeled by the virus throughout the pandemic.

In eastern Germany, pastors push for shots despite protests

By Kirsten Grieshaber — December 28, 2021
CHEMNITZ, Germany (AP) — Lutheran pastors across Saxony have used their sermons to promote vaccines as the most efficient way to end the pandemic.

Some pastors fear talking about vaccines. Bishop Horace Smith sees them as a blessing.

By Bob Smietana — December 9, 2021
(RNS) — Church leaders can play an important role in promoting COVID-19 vaccines to keep communities safe — if they build trust.

Survey: Americans concerned too many are seeking religious exemptions to vaccines

By Jack Jenkins — December 9, 2021
(RNS) — Most Americans support the existence of religious exemptions, however.

Russian coronavirus-denying monk given prison sentence

By Vladimir Isachenkov — November 30, 2021
Father Sergiy was arrested in December 2020 on charges of inciting suicidal actions through sermons in which he urged believers to “die for Russia,” breaching the freedom of conscience and making arbitrary moves.

Court temporarily blocks San Diego schools’ vaccine mandate after suit filed by 16-year-old

By Alejandra Molina — November 29, 2021
(RNS) — The Ninth District Court of Appeals on Sunday (Nov. 28) temporarily blocked San Diego Unified School District’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate from taking effect, one day before students were required to have their first dose.

Faith advisory board with Trump ties urges religious vaccine exemptions for military

By Jack Jenkins — November 23, 2021
(RNS) — But at least one prominent Trump evangelical adviser did not sign on to the effort, suggesting division on the issue.

Kosovars get COVID vaccine after Friday prayer at mosques

By Associated Press — November 19, 2021
Imams around Kosovo called on the faithful to get the jab while medical teams waited in the mosques’ yards to inoculate them.
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