Survey: Vaccine hesitancy declines among faith groups, spurred partly by religious appeals


(RNS) — A new survey finds vaccine hesitancy has fallen among Americans overall and among all religious subgroups in just three months, with many who once balked saying they embraced inoculation against COVID-19 at the urging of faith leaders. Many stalwart subsets of “vaccine refusers,” however, have barely budged, raising concerns as to whether they … Read more

Missouri church leaders implore congregants: Get vaccinated


O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — As lead pastor of one of Missouri’s largest churches, Jeremy Johnson has heard all the reasons congregants don’t want to get the COVID-19 vaccination. He wants them to know it’s not only OK to do so but also is what the Bible urges. Across Missouri, hundreds of pastors, priests and other … Read more

Global interfaith prayer service advocates for vaccine equity


(RNS) — Faith leaders from across the globe and from numerous faith traditions gathered together on Tuesday (July 20) both on Zoom and with some 100 participants in person on the National Mall in Washington to urge President Joe Biden to share COVID-19 vaccine stockpiles and to advocate for equitable global distribution of vaccines.  “Unless the pandemic … Read more

In many COVID hot spots, a pattern: High concentrations of white evangelicals


(RNS) — As COVID-19 cases surge again, two things are true about many counties considered hot spots: Vaccination rates are low and white evangelical Protestant populations are high, according to a new data analysis. Concern about vaccine hesitancy or outright anti-vaccine sentiment among white evangelicals has persisted since at least March, when, according to a … Read more

For one LA Catholic church, meeting indoors is ‘historic’ after wave of COVID-19 deaths


SAN GABRIEL, Calif. (RNS) — On Sunday (June 20), before Mass had even begun, St. Anthony Catholic Church’s parishioners broke into applause. It was the first time the congregation in this city east of Los Angeles had gathered inside their sanctuary for Sunday Mass, and they were eager and excited to get started — at … Read more

NIH director: We asked God for help with COVID-19, and vaccines are the ‘answer to that prayer’


WASHINGTON (RNS) — Earlier this month, the White House announced a “month of action” to help ensure 70% of U.S. adults are at least partially vaccinated by July 4. Officials have since outlined a flurry of faith-based partnerships, hoping to leverage the clout and know-how of faith groups to aid in immunizing the public against … Read more