End of Year Consultation: Religious Responses and Engagement on COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 vaccine bottles and syringes.

December 18, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST
Location: Online Zoom Meeting

Disruptions from the COVID-19 crisis and wide-ranging faith responses have continued through 2020. The imminent prospect of an effective vaccine presents both hope and new challenges. Previous research on religions and immunization has created an evidence base that now needs to be applied to the current pandemic context. Religious dynamics will have critical importance in vaccine rollout, but we have not yet seen substantial commitments among decision-makers to take this into account.

This invitation-only virtual roundtable aimed to brainstorm strategic ways religious actors and communities can collaborate with regional and country-level decision-makers to communicate this vital message: ignore religious actors at your peril in vaccine rollout, involve them and listen to them, and find ways to work together. The session built on the ongoing work of the Religious Responses to COVID-19 project and the results of an initial consultation in March 2020 that launched the project.

This event was organized by the Joint Learning Initiative and co-sponsored by the World Faiths Development Dialogue and Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs.

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Event Summary December 18, 2020

Religious Responses and Engagement on COVID-19 Vaccines

This event summary highlights contributions to a December 18, 2020 consultation on “Religious Responses and Engagement on COVID-19 Vaccines,” which featured health experts and development leaders who reflected on faith engagement in COVID-19 vaccination.
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