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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics


Churches Should Mandate Vaccines for People Coming Back to Mass

Charles Binkley, director, bioethics, published in America Magazine

"Churches have an ethical obligation to protect the health of clergy, staff and worshipers. One of the highest-risk settings for contracting Covid-19 is a large, closed space containing many people. In addition, many religious rites include actions that increase the risk of infection. It is morally irresponsible for churches to invite people to worship and receive the sacraments without taking all effective steps to minimize this risk. Since the approved Covid-19 vaccines provide a simple and effective means to achieve this end, churches would be justified in mandating vaccination."

Charles Binkley, director, bioethics, published in America Magazine