Faith and the COVID-19 vaccine

Taking the COVID-19 vaccine has been an easy decision for many, however we understand that some people feel that their religious beliefs may prevent them from being vaccinated.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and they give the best protection against COVID-19. However, it’s normal to have questions, particularly if you feel conflicted by your faith and the vaccine. In this video, Bishop Karowei of Woolwich shares how his faith has been central to navigating his decision to take the vaccine.

As a Christian volunteering with Croydon University Hospital’s Chaplaincy, he believes that each of us has a duty to protect one another, and that taking the vaccine is part of this.

Vaccine misinformation may amplify doubts about the vaccine. Therefore, it’s important to review verified information and talk to trusted voices to help you make an informed choice.

Some people have questioned whether vaccines contain particular animal products or alcohol which are forbidden to particular religions. We can confirm that COVID1-19 vaccines do not contain any animal products or egg. The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine contains a tiny amount of alcohol, but this is less than in some everyday foods like bread. If you do not consume alcohol, you can choose to have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines which are completely free from alcohol.

“Don’t delay. Your vaccination does not only protect you, it also protects those around you.” Bishop Karowei

For more information and guidance from faith communities about COVID-19 vaccination, visit the Inter Faith Network.

If you have questions about the vaccine, talk to your GP who can create a space, free of judgement and full of support to answer any queries you may have.

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