“Looking at the situation in Australia and around the world, it is clear that vaccination is the most effective way to reduce the risk of contamination or the risk of passing the virus on to others within our community,” Archbishop Mark Coleridge said in a November 16 statement on the Archdiocese’s website. Therefore, the Archdiocese of Brisbane has made the decision that workers, contractors, and some volunteers will need to receive two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by December 15, unless they have an official sick leave. Archbishop Coleridge noted that clergy who are not fully vaccinated put their faithful at risk of disease.
Metropolitan Brisbane noted that pastors should know the faithful, visit families to strengthen them in the Lord, and feed them with the sacraments. This means that the clergy involved in parish ministry must be close to the people. In a pandemic, clergy engaged in ministry who are not double vaccinated put the faithful in the parish at risk. “They pose a threat to the faithful. Thus, priests and deacons who are not double vaccinated do not fulfill their duty to care for the faithful,” wrote Archbishop Coleridge.
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