Archbishop Patrick Pinder is appealing to faithful of the Archdiocese of Nassau and to all persons of goodwill who are eligible and able to receive the vaccine to do so “willingly”.
This, the Archbishop explained, is to protect the health of the recipient, the health of all those with whom the recipient comes into contact and especially to protect the most vulnerable for whom infection with this virus could mean serious illness, hospitalisation “or worse.”
“In this regard, receiving the vaccine promotes the common good by protecting an individual’s health, promoting public health and saving lives,” Archbishop Pinder said in a March 8 statement ‘Vaccine against COVID-19’.
In it, the Archbishop highlighted that in active demonstration of this position, Pope Francis himself has already been vaccinated.
“A number of my bishop colleagues from the [Antilles Episcopal] Conference have already been vaccinated. I too intend to receive the vaccine as soon as it becomes available to me,” Archbishop Pinder said.
According to Eyewitness News (ewnews.com), The Bahamas received its first tranche of Oxford’s AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine Sunday, March 7, according to the Office of the Prime Minister, which said the first batch will include 20,000 doses of the vaccine donated from India.
The Bahamas was expected to receive 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca from the COVAX Facility in two tranches.
The Archbishop ended his statement asking all to continue to be disciplined, committed, consistent and serious in applying all the safety protocols necessary to protect all against COVID-19.
“Now as always, we are our brothers and sisters’ keepers. May God continue to bless us and keep us as we continue to work through the challenges posed by this pandemic,” Archbishop Pinder said.