Patriarch Tells Greece’s Anti-Vaxxers: Don’t Fear, Get COVID Shots

As a hard-core resistance of anti-vaxxers in Greece is preventing herd immunity against COVID-19, Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos called on people not to be afraid of the vaccines and to get their shots.

“It is completely irrational and unfair for some to be afraid to get the vaccine. There is no reasonable excuse,” he told Mega TV, describing anti-vaxxers as people “who do not think straight, do not think logically.”

“I urge everyone to get vaccinated without hesitation, to avoid possible serious risks that will lead them to death,” he added.

Anti-vaxxers don't believe the vaccines are safe or effective although they have worked against the Coronavirus, or that they are part of an international conspiracy to alter their DNA and control their minds.

Ironically, Greece's Church has been largely exempted from rules against those who are not vaccinated and will be allowed to attend services and as there is a minority of clerics who also are opposed to vaccines or health measures.


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