Posts Tagged ‘Covid-19 vaccination’

Vaccines saved thousands of lives during Omicorn

Monday, February 12th, 2024

A recent study highlighted the significant impact of Covid-19 vaccines in New Zealand, notably reducing deaths and hospitalisations during the Omicron phase. Published in Vaccine, the research estimates vaccines averted 4,000 to 12,000 deaths and 34,000 to 56,000 hospitalisations within 18 months from January 2022. However, among the highlighted outcomes were the disparities in health Read more

Religious objection to vaccine mandate over the use of foetal cells heard in High Court

Monday, February 21st, 2022

A religious objection to the Covid-19 vaccine by police and defence force personnel in the HighCourt is part of a new challenge to the mandate. The basis of their objection is about the use of aborted foetal cells. The cells, collected decades ago, are used to grow cells that the vaccines are tested on. There Read more

Brian Tamaki’s iwi condemns his actions for putting Māori at risk

Monday, November 15th, 2021
Otago Daily Times

Brian Tamaki’s iwi is criticising his involvement in a freedom group they say puts Māori communities at risk and undermines the science behind preventing the virus’s spread. Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo is concerned about the effect of these gatherings, which involved many unmasked supporters, babies and tāmariki. While Tamaki and his wife Hannah say Read more

Vatican’s Academy for Life takes on vaccine sceptics

Monday, October 4th, 2021
Crisis magazine

Last week, three events involving the Catholic Church may have caught the attention of vaccine sceptics. One event concerned prominent Catholic leader and vaccine sceptic, US Cardinal Raymond Burke. He admitted he’s still having breathing difficulties after being hospitalised for COVID-19. Another involved a decree formalising the Vatican’s decision regarding its employees. Secretary of State Read more

Parishoners should know of their priest’s vaccination status

Monday, September 27th, 2021
Human Resources

A US bishop says priests who don’t get vaccinated should be upfront about their COVID-19 vaccination status to others. Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, Kentucky had already issued a mandate that all diocesan faculty and staff at Catholic schools must be vaccinated against the virus. The diocese let go of “a handful” of employees who Read more

Questions surround conscientious exemption from Covid vaccination

Thursday, September 16th, 2021
conscientious exemption

Australian Archbishop of Tasmania, Julian Porteous, is requesting a conscientious exemption to a Covid public health directive for a small group of priests. Porteous has written to Tasmania’s health minister, Jeremy Rockliff asking for the exemption. He says he is “obligated to respect the decision of those members of the clergy who have a conscientious Read more

Most churches support vaxxing – but what of anti-vaxx end-times preachers?

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

It’s a fact that most Christian church leaders in New Zealand support the COVID health measures, including vaxxing – ie getting the Covid vaccinations. It’s also a fact that a few don’t and they’re scaring and confusing people. Take, for example, the evangelical church Celebration Centre in Christchurch. Its pastors have been posting online sermons Read more

India vaccinates 10 million in one day

Monday, August 30th, 2021

India has given more than 10 million Covid-19 jabs in a single day for the first time, authorities said Saturday, as the South Asian giant bolsters its defences for a predicted new surge. The health ministry said the 10 million landmark was passed on Friday, beating the country’s previous daily record of 9.2 million. The Read more

Covid-19: Mass vaccination event didn’t work for Pasifika, pop-up centres better – minister

Thursday, August 19th, 2021

A special mass vaccination event didn’t work for Pasifika, the Minister for Pacific Peoples says. Aupito William Sio is calling on district health boards to work closely with Pacific community groups to encourage more in the community to get the Covid-19 vaccine. Sio’s comments come following the mass vaccination event in south Auckland in July, Read more

More Catholic institutions mandating Covid-19 vaccinations

Monday, August 16th, 2021
Catholic Covid-19 vaccinations

An increasing number of Catholic institutions are mandating clergy and parishioners to have Covid-19 vaccinations, especially those who serve the community. Citing the need for the Catholic Church to “lead by example” and act responsibly to protect others during the coronavirus pandemic, Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso has said that all Church employees and Read more