In January, the Canadian Council of Churches, on behalf of the Government of Canada, organized an information webinar for faith leaders about vaccination and public health measures against COVID-19 with Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer.
“It’s good to love our neighbours by doing our part to be credible sources of information and to support pandemic protocols in our communities,” said Bishop Susan Bell, who joined with hundreds of faith leaders from across the country to participate in the event.
The faith leaders heard firsthand from Dr. Tam that the COVID-19 vaccines approved for use by Health Canada are both safe and effective. Free vaccines will be available to everyone who lives in Canada over the course of 2021.
In some communities, during the mass vaccination phase of the vaccine rollout, churches may also have a a role to play by being vaccination centres.
Faith leaders were also reminded that until extensive immunization is achieved, public health measures will continue to be essential to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in Canada and save lives.