‘Christians should get vaccinated’

A police officer and a health worker at the COVID-19 vaccine drive-through at Albert Park. Picture: SUPPLIED

Christians, as people of faith, should get vaccinated against COVID-19 and give others life and hope by breaking the chain of transmission.

This, according to Pacific Theological College principal, the Rev Professor Upolu Vaai.

He said faith in God’s grace should not revolve around “a lifeboat theory sent straight from heaven to save us”.

Prof Vaai, who has been fully vaccinated since the end of June, said Christians needed to do their part for each other and others by getting the jab.

He said it was part of every Christian’s collective responsibility to humanity and the world.

“We don’t want to be a factory of transmission that will likely put others at risk because of our stubbornness.”

Christian leaders in the country had also called on their members to get vaccinated against the virus.

As of July 17, 393,095 adults in Fiji had received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and 78,624 had received their second.

Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong said that meant that 67 per cent of the target population had received at least one dose and 13.4 per cent were now fully vaccinated.

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