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Covid Vaccines: What Would Jesus Do?
No major world religion has prohibitions against vaccinations. Even Christian Science, a sect known for favoring prayer over medical intervention for illness, encourages its adherents to follow public health guidelines, including vaccination mandates. Curtis Chang, a former Christian pastor, created the website Christians and the Vaccine to explore, and try to allay, objections to vaccines on various grounds. In a conversation Monday, he told me that Christian Scientists are OK with vaccines because they believe in Christ’s profound message to “love thy neighbor as thyself.”
“The vaccine effort has been plagued by falsehoods of all kinds,” Chang wrote in a recent New York Times essay. “The religious exemption from vaccine mandates for Christians is the latest lie.” The Catholic Church agrees: “It is morally acceptable to receive Covid-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process,” declared the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Pope Francis has said getting vaccinated is “an act of love.”
Russell Moore and Walter Kim of the National Assn. of Evangelicals have urged their followers to get the shots: “Indeed,” they wrote, “the vaccines are a cause for Christians to rejoice and to give glory to God.... By getting vaccinated as soon as our time is called, we can actively work for what we have been praying for — churches filled with people, hugs in the church foyer, and singing loudly the hymns we love.”
It’s a very respectful answer to the question. I agree with him that if you test positive for antibodies, this should be considered equivalent to having taken the vaccine. Not sure how often they would need to test, but it is a much better approach than periodic testing for the virus itself.
I got Covid in the spring and wouldn’t have taken the vaccine for the same reason except that it made it easier to get to Maui. Data shows that people who had Covid still have so many antibodies after a year that you will probably have immunization for years. Some even predict it may be a lifetime worth of protection.