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Faith and the COVID-19 Vaccine

7 ways a national COVID-19 day of mourning can help us heal

By Jamie Aten, Kent Annan — March 12, 2021
(RNS) — Public days are a way to be with each other during and after suffering as we step into the new normal that is ahead.

A Los Angeles pilot program will vaccinate hundreds within 2-mile radius of a Catholic church

By Alejandra Molina — March 11, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — A pilot program aims to vaccinate 600 eligible people who live within a two-mile radius surrounding St. Brigid Catholic Church, a Black and Latino parish hit hard by COVID-19 in South Los Angeles.

Survey: Churchgoers say they plan to return to in-person services

By Yonat Shimron — March 10, 2021
(RNS) — Many churches are already meeting in person, but attendance has typically been smaller to accommodate for social distancing. That will likely change, a Lifeway Research poll suggests.

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.

New Orleans archdiocese urges Catholics to avoid new Johnson & Johnson vaccine

By Jack Jenkins — March 1, 2021
(RNS) — The archdiocese said the vaccine is 'morally compromised' because it utilized cells with a decades-old link to an aborted fetus.

Latino churches in Los Angeles County will now serve as COVID-19 testing sites

By Alejandra Molina — February 26, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Through a partnership with the county, Latino congregations now offering this service are St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Whittier and Centro de Vida Victoriosa, an Assemblies of God church in East LA.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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