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A lesson from history the shows faith need not be at loggerheads with medical science

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Opposition: Demonstrators take part in an anti-vaccine protest outside Pfizer’s world headquarters in New York yesterday. Credit: Stephanie Keith

Opposition: Demonstrators take part in an anti-vaccine protest outside Pfizer’s world headquarters in New York yesterday. Credit: Stephanie Keith

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Opposition: Demonstrators take part in an anti-vaccine protest outside Pfizer’s world headquarters in New York yesterday. Credit: Stephanie Keith

I’m someone who works with numbers and statistics. I’m also a Christian. I therefore find it distressing that some people in Northern Ireland have claimed there is a faith-based case against Covid vaccination.

Across the world much attention has been given as to how certain groups have a low uptake of the Covid vaccination: English Premier League players, some ethnic minorities and Republican voters in the USA. Here in Northern Ireland, as in America, there is evidence of vaccine opposition amongst some who have conservative Christian beliefs.


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