Bishops renew willingness to open church facilities as vaccination sites

Bishops renew willingness to open  church facilities as vaccination sites

The Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Church in Kamuning, Quezon City turns into a Covid-19 vaccination center, May 17, 2021. PHOTO FROM THE PARISH

By CBCP News

May 27, 2021

Manila, Philippines

The country’s Catholic bishops reiterated their willingness to offer church facilities as Covid-19 vaccination centers.

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, vice president of the episcopal conference, said they are all behind the government’s vaccine rollout.

“We are always open to partnering with the government when it’s for the common good,” David said.

The health department earlier said that the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (Nitag) is pushing for the use of church facilities as mega vaccination sites.

The agency noted that the Nitag has noted that churches are ideal for the administration of the vaccines owing to good ventilation in places of worship.

The bishops’ leadership in January said they are willing to transform church facilities as vaccination hubs if necessary.

As far as his diocese of Kalookan is concerned, David said they already have an established partnership with the city government.

“We have already been a long-time partner of the Caloocan LGU in many endeavors, including the fight against the pandemic and the vaccination program,” he said.

The government has been ramping up its inoculation efforts with the expected delivery of more Covid-19 vaccines this year.

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