US Churches: Take care of people’s health and souls

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Rome (NEV), May 28, 2021 – “Healing the soul of America” ​​while dealing with covid treatment, this is the goal of the commitment of the US churches, while fighting the pandemic and spending on vaccination of citizens. Religious leaders in the United States gathered online for a national Faiths4Vaccines summit on May 26. The news is given on site of the Ecumenical Council of Churches.

Faiths4Vaccines is, as stated on the project website, an “inclusive and multi-religious movement made up of local and national religious leaders, as well as medical professionals, who are working together to identify and address current gaps in the mobilization, dissemination and adoption of vaccines.” The initiative therefore seeks to “increase opportunities for religious institutions, particularly places of worship, to involve and support the United States government in its efforts to increase vaccination rates through advancing the equitable distribution of vaccines and counteracting hesitation about vaccines “.

To date, according to the latest available data, more than 40 percent of citizens in the United States have already received both doses of the vaccine.

But, according to the promoters of the online meeting, hesitation and lack of access to the vaccine are now slowing the distribution of vaccines.

Jim Winkler, president and general secretary of the US National Council of Churches, said churches have already played an important role in introducing the vaccine and are able to do even more. “Across the country, hundreds of places of worship are already being used as vaccination sites,” he said.

Jim Wallis, founder of the magazine Sojourners, said vaccine distribution in the United States has become a local effort with the issue of equality at the center. “People are afraid of security,” he said. “How can we help people know they will be safe and not fear these vaccinations?”

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