UOC bishop: We okay vaccine but methods of its introduction are worrisome

Bishop Victor (Kotsaba) of Baryshevka. Photo: facebook.com/V.D.Kotsaba

Not speaking out against the COVID vaccine, believers are expressing concern about the methods by which it can be introduced, Bishop Victor (Kotsaba) noted.

The Church does not oppose vaccinations, but believers are worried about the likely introduction of COVID-passports and ethical violations in the production of certain vaccines, Bishop Victor (Kotsaba) of Baryshevka said in his blog on korrespondent.net.

The hierarch of the UOC noted that the decision to vaccinate each individual person should not be made by the state, an official or a priest, "but exclusively by the person who takes care of his/her own health". But the reasonableness of such a decision should be ensured by the completeness of information about the vaccine that physicians are required to provide.

Imposing vaccinations and introducing COVID passports can become problematic moments in vaccination for believers.

“History already knows frequent cases when in words a good deed turned into a means of segregating society, dividing it into the ‘right’ and the ‘wrong’, became the cause of humiliation and persecution,” the bishop warned.

According to Vladyka Victor, the ethical admissibility of the use of drugs by some manufacturers is also a concern. We are talking about the use of abortive cells in the production of individual vaccines.

“Among believers, the use of this type of vaccine will cause unequivocal resistance, and therefore the question of an alternative to such vaccination will arise, in particular, through the use of a different type of vaccine,” the bishop said.

As reported, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine announced plans to introduce COVID passports.

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