By Kostas Onisenko
Ukrainian Council of churches and religious organisations do not consider vaccination to be a medical issue with reference to religious canons. Therefore, they do not disagree on the issue of vaccination.
However, they draw the attention of the authorities to the non-compulsory nature of vaccination, as this is a decision that everyone must make for themselves, after having been properly informed on the matter.
They also demand the authorities to ensure that all those in need have access to the vaccine, regardless of their financial background. These are the main points of the Communiqué issued by the Ukrainian Council of churches and religious organisations.
According to the statement: “From the very beginning of the quarantine in Ukraine, Churches and religious organisations have complied with all the quarantine rules and have been taking all necessary measures for the safe performance of services, religious events and social activities.
Many religious communities (parishes) have organised online streaming of their services. At the same time, the access of the faithful to the churches is allowed only if they wear a protective mask and by observing social distances, as is suggested by the authorities. In addition, they must be using hand sanitisers and be respecting the measures taken in order to ensure safety.
We assure you that we will continue to pray for victory over the COVID-19 pandemic and for the health of the doctors and all health workers who have been working at the forefront during this struggle. This will only be possible with the help of Almighty God and through our effective cooperation.”