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"Faith by itself, not accompanied by action is dead"  James 2:17

Discerning our Christian response to Covid and Vaccination

By Helen Vaughan

Discerning our Christian response to Covid and Vaccination

By Rev. Dr. Graham O’Brien, Dean of Nelson Cathedral

Published in Nelson Anglicans

As we journey through this new covid world it is often hard to navigate all the information that is out there and decide what is correct and what is not, alongside how we respond as Christians to all the different issues and points of view. In these brief reflections I am writing as someone who has been an ordained priest for the past 15 years, a theological educator with experience in bioethics, and as a trained scientist including working in vaccine development. I have also included some helpful comments from Assoc Prof Lance Jennings, retired Clinical Virologist at the Canterbury DHB and a Cathedral Parishioner.

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Provisional vaccinator training


As part of the New Zealand COVID-19 response, it is essential that all immunisation services continue. This course aims to develop an immunisation workforce to support the MMR campaign, influenza 2021 and the COVID 19 vaccine programme. For these reasons, a pathway to provisional authorisation for vaccinators has been developed. The Provisional Vaccinator Foundation Course (PVFC) is the educational component of this pathway. To administer any COVID19 vaccine, all qualified/authorised and provisional vaccinators will need to produce evidence that they have completed the online COVID-19 specific education course.