ZOMBA (MalawiTalk) –Powerful Catholic bishops have told the church faithful to get the jab to protect themselves from coronavirus.
Archbishop Thomas Msusa on Thursday got his jab in Zomba at the inaugural covid-19 vaccine presided over by President Dr Lazarus Chakwera.
The Catholic church has lost prominent clerics, both fathers and nuns due to covid-19.
In a statement, the Episcopal Conference of Malawi, a grouping of all Catholic bishops in the country, hails
government for ensuring that vulnerable citizens have access to Covid-19 vaccines.
“We strongly encourage all Catholics and people of goodwill that it is morally appropriate to receive the Covid-19 vaccine that Malawi has received,” reads part of the statement.
The ECM says its position follows thorough consultation with health experts and guidance from the Vatican.
The bishops say they are, however, aware of the fears and mixed feelings that some people have towards the vaccine especially on safety and effectiveness of the vaccine that Malawi has received but that “the Church has always shared the government’s concern for the health of people” .
The statement says the Church advocates a means strikes a balance between protecting collective health and individual freedom of choice.
ECM has since urged government to acquire more vaccine so that many people should receive it.