Faith leaders asked to champion Covid-19 vaccine uptake

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Prophetic Ministry Association of Malawi has emphasised the need for faith leaders to civil education their congregants that Covid-19 Vaccine is nothing to do with end of the world as perpetuated by some Christian churches.

The association’s Secretary General Prophet Dr Rex Kalolo reminded the nation that 666 notion stamp as sign of the time will come after rapture which has not happened.

Prophet Kalolo hinted that Covid-19 vaccine is not 666 arguing that he has chemically studied drug hence an appeal for its uptake.

He was speaking on Friday, March 5, 2020 during World Vision Malawi’s interface meeting with faith leaders a head of Covid-19 vaccine exercise.

Kololo therefore urged government to include faith leaders as among the first group to receive the vaccine.

“Covid-19 vaccine is nothing to do with the label “666” which will be stamped on people after rapture that end of the world is near, but that has not happened.

“Let’s sensitize fully our congregants the importance of Covid-19 vaccine. We, faith leaders should be the first group to take the vaccine.  This will encourage our members to patronise”, urges Prophet Kalolo.

World Vision Malawi Acting National Director boss lady Catherine Omenda emphasised the need for faith leaders to take the reading role in civic educating their followers.

Omenda observes that faith leaders, medical workers and teachers are integral part of Covid-19 vaccine uptake.

“World Vision recently conducted a survey in 6 countries across 3 regions to understand the barriers to vaccine acceptance. In Bangladesh, for example, 38% of survey respondents reported not intending to take the vaccine due to lack of trust and/or little knowledge about it, but that they would consider it if it was suggested to them by a health practitioner or faith leader.

“This suggests that endorsement of the vaccine by faith leaders and community health workers is vital for community-level acceptance, promotion of accurate health information, and consequently, high vaccine uptake. World Vision’s recommendations for breaking through this initial vaccine hesitancy were recently affirmed?by IPSOS, a research grouping, at the World Economic Forum,” Omenda says.

He added, “Tragically, however, we live in a world of broken relationships; where injustice, inequality, corruption and disasters rob millions of their lives, their health and their futures. We believe that as we respond to covid-19, may the Church rise up to uncover the deeper, often hidden, social, cultural and spiritual issues that prevent children from enjoying life in all its fullness.

“Therefore, World Vision appeals to you leaders, to lead your people in making the right choices and initiating conversations that will bring meaningful change. We want to appeal to the Church to rally with the government to ensure that those who deserve the vaccine are able to get it, especially the most vulnerable in the hard to reach places”.

On Friday, Malawi receive first Covid-19 vaccine consignment expected to inject about 20% of the country’s population.

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