Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Stance on the COVID-19 Vaccine
St. John’s, July 7, 2021: Over recent times, it has come to our awareness that
there have been pronouncements on the COVID-19 vaccine in the name of the
Seventh-day Adventist Church, that may have misrepresented the Church and
communicated the wrong impression among members of the public.
Seventh-day Adventist Church is a worldwide conservative protestant Christian
church with over 21,000,000 members, with emphasis on gospel proclamation,
humanitarian relief and development, education and health.
We are a people of health. We operate some 227 hospitals and sanitariums.
Many of our health facilities are actively involved in the fight against the COVID19 pandemic. So, how do we relate to the COVID-19 vaccine?
The following statement from the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists’ Biblical
Research Institute, issued on December 18, 2020, was in direct response to the
COVID-19 vaccine question:
The Seventh-day Adventist Church places strong emphasis on health
and well-being. The Adventist health emphasis is based on biblical
revelation…, and on peer-reviewed scientific literature.
As such, we encourage responsible immunization/vaccination, and have no
religious or faith-based reason not to encourage our adherents to
responsibly participate in protective and preventive immunization
programs. We value the health and safety of the population, which
includes the maintenance of ‘herd immunity.
We are not the conscience of the individual church member, and
recognize individual choices.
These are exercised by the individual.
The choice not to be immunized is not and should not be seen as the
dogma nor the doctrine of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
We trust that the above will serve to clarify the Church’s position. In the
meantime, we wish to inform the general public that, notwithstanding the many
messages and opinion of individuals, the South Leeward Conference is the official
body for the Seventh-day Adventist Church on the island and as such, is the only
body that should be considered as authentic in respect to pronouncements about
the Church’s positions.
Carson L. Greene, DMin
South Leeward Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Email: [email protected]
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