Nairobi, 31 March, 2021 / 5:40 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa have, through their leadership, sought to encourage the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination program, saying being vaccinated is part of the Christian “duty do care.”
In his Wednesday, March 31 report, the Coordinator of the Africa Task Force of the Vatican Commission on COVID-19, Jesuit Fr. Charles Chilufya says that some members of the Society who received the vaccine the previous day at the Jamma Mission Hospital in Kenya’s Archdiocese of Nairobi encourage others to participate in the vaccination program.
Among the recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine during the March 30 event, Fr. Chilufya says in the report, was the President of the Jesuit Conference in Africa and Madagascar (JCAM), Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator.
“Fr. Orobator stated that he was safe and okay after taking the vaccine and that it was his duty as a Clergy man to lead by example and to protect himself and others” Fr. Chilufya says.
In the report shared with ACI Africa, Fr. Orobator is quoted as saying, “I have taken the vaccine as a responsibility I have as a Christian to do what is good. As Pope Francis says, we need to work for the common good, to protect ourselves as well as others.”