Virus Studies
FAITH BASED VACCINATION RESOURCES 

“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].

 

Key takeaways: 

 

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 

Mecklenburg County Public Health encourages ALL eligible residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine.  Become a COVID-19 Vaccine Champion and help us get the word out!

UPCOMING CLINICS:

Wednesday, May 5: Faith CME Church, 457 Wellingford Street, Charlotte | 9AM-2PM

Friday, May 7: Catawba Brewing Company, 933 Louise Avenue, Charlotte | 3PM-7PM

Monday, May 10: Simmons YMCA, 6824 Democracy Drive, Charlotte | 9AM - 3PM

WINSTON-SALEM and CHARLOTTE FAITH LEADERS 

SPEAK TO THE VACCINES AS AN ACT OF FAITH 

“It’s a shot to live. It’s a shot at life.” 

U.S. Congresswoman Alma Adams on the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine: