Justin Welby: Getting Covid vaccine is part of Christ’s commandment to love each other

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has received his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and encouraged others to do the same. Calling the vaccine “an answer to prayer,” Welby said that receiving the jab is part of Christ’s call to “love our neighbour as ourselves”.

“I want to encourage everyone to get the Covid-19 vaccine when they are invited,” Welby said in a statement. “Staff across the NHS, and health workers across the world, are under immense pressure on the front lines of this pandemic. They deserve not just our admiration but our support – and getting the vaccine when we have the opportunity is something we can all do to help relieve the burden on them.”

Welby received the vaccine due to his work as a volunteer chaplain at St Thomas’ hospital in London. Early on in the pandemic, it emerged that Welby had been secretly volunteering as a chaplain to comfort the sick and dying.

“It has been a privilege to volunteer at St Thomas’ over the past year,” the Archbishop added. “Chaplains here and across the country are doing a vital job of providing spiritual and pastoral care to patients, staff and relatives at this acutely painful and difficult time.”

(Source: premierchristian.news)