Sumary of Hawaii church leaders unify to promote COVID-19 vaccine:
- Church leaders are increasingly banding together to combat COVID-19 among their congregations, hosting vaccination clinics, countering anti-vaccination protests and even taking out a full-page ad in the Honolulu Star- Advertiser last month to register their support for medical evidence and the effectiveness of the vaccines.
- The push comes amid ongoing concerns from the state Department of Health about clusters in places of worship and news reports about some churches defying COVID-19 safety protocols and ministers spreading misinformation about the coronavirus and vaccines.
- ” He said the controversy over the vaccines that has erupted within some churches is indicative of politics invading faith.
- On Friday the Department of Health reported eight more COVID-19-related deaths and 747 new cases.
- Among those hospitalized with COVID-19 over the past couple of months, about 85% to 90% have been unvaccinated.
- The strain on Hawaii’s health care system prompted Hawaii Christian clergy to take out an in the Star-Advertiser on Aug.
- The letter was signed by close to 100 members of the clergy throughout the islands.
- Outbreaks in churches have been an ongoing problem throughout the pandemic.