UOC spokesperson: Voluntariness is key to vaccination

Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich. Photo: UOJ

A priest cannot force parishioners to vaccinate or refuse vaccination, believes Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich.

The Church has a calm and balanced attitude to the issue of vaccination, Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich said in an interview with the Peace and Development Foundation.

"In accordance with the position of our Church, the priest can neither force nor forbid a person to be vaccinated. He/she has to decide for himself. Vaccination is not a religious but a medical issue," stressed Fr Nikolai.

The UOC spokesman said that, in the opinion of the Church, human rights should not be restricted in this matter.

"The most important thing in vaccination is that it should be voluntary. And everything else: which vaccine is better, what are the side effects, what are the consequences and so on, is a question for the doctor," resumed Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich.

Earlier, the UOJ wrote that the spokesperson for the UOC noted the excesses in Ukraine in matters of free choice for or against vaccination against coronavirus.

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