The Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye has revealed that the church is not against the administration of COVID-19 vaccines.
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This comes after widespread myths and conspiracy theories, particularly on social media, about the effectiveness of vaccines.
Earlier, it was reported that the COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in the country today. About 20 million Ghanaians are expected to be vaccinated in the coming months.
In a statement released by the church, “there are clear theological, social, scientific, medical, legal, and economic implications for the general misinformation and conspiracy theories circulating in
the mass media (mostly on social media), which pose a threat to fighting the pandemic.”
“Upon further deliberations on the committee’s work and extensive consultations with ministers and other experts, it is obvious the conspiracy theories cannot be substantiated and are not sustainable. It is, therefore, the view and position of the Executive Council that The Church of Pentecost is not against the administration of COVID-19 vaccines duly approved by the regulatory agencies of the various countries,” the statement further reveals.
“This position does not take the right of individual members to either accept or refuse a vaccine based on their own personal reasons. Ministers, officers and members of the Church are therefore discouraged from using the platforms of the Church to fuel and promote myths, controversies, and falsehood to misinform people and members on the usefulness and benefit of COVID-19 vaccines.”
“Because social media is saturated with fake news, the Church public is advised to
avoid depending mainly on social media for information without checking from
reliable sources,” the statement concluded.
Read the full statement below: