The Adventist Health department of the South Pacific Division (SPD) has developed a series of videos in response to queries about COVID-19 vaccination.
The “Understanding COVID-19” series, which features medical and theological perspectives, is designed to support church members in making an informed choice about vaccination, and to counter vaccine misinformation.
Key topics include: “COVID-19 overview and the Adventist viewpoint”; “Vaccines, science and faith”; “COVID-19 vaccines and side effects; and “Microchips, magnets and mobile phones”. Additional topics will be added in coming weeks.
SPD president Pastor Glenn Townend is among the presenters along with Adventist medical professionals and experts Professor Alvin Ing, Associate Professor David Pennington, Dr John Irama, Dr Silent Tovosia, Dr George Manimu and Geraldine Przybylko. The videos are available in English and Tok Pisin. They will also be available in Solomon Islands Pidgin and Fijian over the next week.
“The Seventh-day Adventist Church has a long tradition of promoting healthy living through good nutrition, physical activity, fresh air, temperance, water, sunshine, abstinence from alcohol and smoking, and trusting in God,” said SPD Adventist Health strategy leader, Geraldine Przybylko.
“These principles are important more than ever during COVID-19 to strengthen our immune system. At this critical time, we wish to support government initiatives aimed at preserving life and restoring our communities to good health.”
Pastor Townend encouraged members to view the videos. “These videos provided by the SPD Health team apply Adventist biblical and health heritage,” he said. “I recommend that they be seriously considered and shared widely.”
To view the videos go to https://health.adventistchurch.com/covid-19/ where you’ll also find other relevant resources including information on strengthening your immunity, the SPD Statement on Immunisation and the General Conference Adventist Health Ministries’ article, “COVID-19 Vaccines: Addressing concerns, offering counsel”.