Bataan diocese eyes vaccination of priests, church workers against Covid-19

Bataan diocese eyes vaccination of priests, church workers against Covid-19

Bishop Ruperto Santos of the Diocese of Balanga. PHOTO COURTESY OF LAUREEN CAMILLE JARINA/RCAM AOC

By CBCP News

February 26, 2021

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic diocese in Bataan province is tying up with the provincial government to get Covid-19 vaccines for its priests, their parents and church workers.

Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga said the diocese has set aside a budget for the procurement of the vaccines.

“Respectfully considering their consent and decision, we will provide free vaccinations to our priests, their parents, and our diocesan and parochial personnel,” Santos said.

While he is willing to be vaccinated, the bishop said that they will let the people decide if they want to get a shot of the new coronavirus vaccines.

“As a diocese will provide free vaccination, we will not force anyone and we will abide by your sound decision and respect your personal judgment,” he said.

The diocese also offered the church facilities and its schools as vaccination centers if needed by the government.

“If needs arise, we have volunteer school nurses and some teachers as medical frontliners during the scheduled inoculations,” Santos added.

According to him, the “perilous and distressing” pandemic is also a challenge for them to do what is best for both the Church and the province.

“Our diocese will see to it that in this difficult and devastating time of Covid-19, we are there for our people, doing what is right, legal, and moral,” he said.

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