FAITH BASED VACCINATION RESOURCES
Booster Eligibility Update
Good news! Everyone 50 and older and certain immunocompromised people can now get a second COVID vaccine booster 4 months after receiving their initial booster. Vaccines and boosters are the best way to stay safe from severe COVID illness. Learn more at cdc.gov/coronavirus. #WeCanDoThis
The National Council of Churches has produced a fact sheet: A Christian Approach to Vaccine Hesitancy to aid church and faith leaders in having courageous conversations about being vaccinated. The fact sheet also provides a Christian scriptural basis for a compassionate response to vaccine hesitancy and provides responses to Biblical misinformation around vaccination. This resource will be most useful to Christian congregations.
The National Council of Churches also has a variety of other COVID-19 Resources specifically designed for faith communities. Some are Christian-specific, but many would be appropriate for any faith community :
We Do Not Get Herd Immunity Without Addressing Religious Identity.”
The 2021 PRRI-IFYC Religious Diversity and Vaccine Survey offers a deep dive into religious identity and how it relates to vaccine acceptance, hesitancy, and refusal. Religious leaders will find this VERY HELPFUL as it includes in-depth understanding of which groups are most resistant and why along with ideas of how religious leaders and religious communities can respond.
In case you missed the event, or if you would like to forward it to a friend, here is a link to the full report.
You may access a replay of the webinar via YouTube [here].
You may also download a PDF of the presentation slides [here].
Faith leaders and faith communities have a huge amount of power in shaping people's opinions about getting vaccinated.
Broad messaging has gone as far as it can – now is the time for congregation by congregation, person to person conversations. People's concerns are varied from worries about missing work to worries about vaccine safety -- the most effective messages will respond directly to each person's exact concern.
Some things that have proven effective that houses of faith can do to address vaccine hesitancy:
Holding a forum on vaccine safety
Faith leader(s) publicly getting a vaccine
Fellow members publicly getting a vaccine
Holding vaccine clinics at your congregation
Helping members to get vaccine appointments
Addressing vaccines in worship
GET THE FACTS & GET VACCINATED
Mecklenburg County Public Health encourages all eligible residents 12 and older to get a Covid-19 vaccination
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