Faith leaders' support over vaccines is welcomed

Trafford’s Director of Public Health has welcomed the support of faith leaders in encouraging their believers to receive Covid vaccines.

The British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) recently recommended the Pfizer/BioTech Covid vaccine for eligible at-risk individuals in Muslim communities. This follows consultations with Muslim scholars and experts, and is supported by the Muslim Council of Britain.

BIMA’s summary states: “Individuals should take this Covid-19 vaccine on the advice of their medical practitioner following informed consent. This  is  to  protect these  specific  groups from  a probable and  considerable  risk  of  harm  from  Covid-19 infection.”

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has also recommended Covid vaccines to Catholics. In a statement, the Rt Rev Richard Moth, Department of Social Justice chairman, said: “Catholics may in good conscience receive any of these vaccines for the good of others and themselves.”

Eleanor Roaf, Director of Public Health at Trafford Council, said:

"We are delighted that the vaccine is supported by faith leaders. The vaccine is an important tool in our fight against Covid and we strongly encourage all our residents to take up vaccination once available.

We have all done so much to protect our vulnerable friends and family. Continuing to wear masks, stay socially distanced, washing hands and receiving the vaccine when available is the best way to keep everyone safe and enable restrictions to be lifted.”

Posted on Friday 18th December 2020