Reverend Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas said this week that “there is no credible religious argument” against receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
Jeffress, staunch supporter of the old President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security – The Pentagon’s Deadly Mistake Overnight Energy & Environment – Presented by Climate Power – Interior returns BLM headquarters to Washington France attracts ambassadors to the United States and Australia to protest the deal on the submarines, told The Associated Press in an interview that he and his team at First Baptist Dallas “do not offer or encourage members to seek religious exemptions from vaccination warrants.”
The U.S. private and public sectors have taken steps to mandate vaccines or frequent testing amid the surge in coronavirus cases, with the warning that some religious exemptions will be granted.
Jeffress’s comments come after members of different Christian communities say they oppose taking the coronavirus vaccine because fetal cell lines have been used in COVID-19 vaccine testing, according to the outlet. Fetal cell lines, however, are not present in actual vaccines.
“Christians who are troubled by the use of a fetal cell line to test vaccines should also refrain from using Tylenol, Pepto Bismol, Ibuprofen and other products using the same cell line. “They are sincere in their objection,” Jeffress told the AP in an email.
Other religious organizations have opposed the use of religious exemptions or have categorically stated that they will deny an exception to anyone who does not wish to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
An official with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America released a statement Thursday that said leaders “unanimously affirmed that the Church does not only allow vaccinations against diseases.”
“Further, although some may be exempt from vaccination for obvious medical reasons, there is no exemption in the Orthodox Church for its followers from any vaccination for religious reasons, including the coronavirus vaccine.” , adds the press release.
“For this reason, letters of exemption for vaccination against coronavirus for religious purposes issued by priests of the Archdiocese of America have no validity, and furthermore, no member of the clergy should issue such religious exemption letters for any reason, “the statement read.
President BidenJoe BidenHouse The Democrat threatens to vote against the party’s spending bill if the HBCU does not receive more federal aid. Defense and National Security Overnight – Pentagon’s Deadly Mistake Haitians Stranded in Texas Prolong Biden’s Immigration Problems MORE Earlier this month, the Labor Department announced a new rule that private companies with 100 or more employees will be required to require weekly vaccinations or tests. The rule affects tens of millions of private American workers.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States recorded more than 147,000 new cases Thursday and more than 160,000 the day before. By comparison, cases were as low as less than 10,000 in June.
In the United States, about 74% of people aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with about 64% fully vaccinated, according to CDC data.