Monday, June 14, 2021
by Dr. Rebecca Dielschneider, Assistant Professor of Biology
OTTERBURNE, MB - The COVID-19 pandemic continues. As of mid-June, the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for System Sciences and Engineering has recorded over 3.8 million deaths worldwide. A preliminary report ranked COVID-19 the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2020.
What can we do? We can pray, follow health policies, and we can consider vaccines. In this article, I share my reasons, and the reasons of others within Providence, for receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
Don’t just listen to me! Listen to the people you trust: your healthcare providers, your pastor, and your elected government officials. Listen to people that share accurate information in a compassionate way. Listen to others within our Providence community.
“I made sure to get vaccinated as soon as it was available to me. I wanted to be able to fully and freely engage my new community here in Southern Manitoba, as quickly as possible and without fear that I might unwittingly spread this deadly contagion. I believe that this is in keeping with my faith commitment as a follower of Jesus who called us to care for others and to be concerned for the vulnerable. I hope you’ll join me in this, so that we can serve together soon in fulfillment of our callings.” - Dr. Kenton Anderson, President
“Paul’s counsel in Galatians tells us, "Do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself’” (Gal. 5:13b-14). In these strange times of the COVID pandemic, the exercise of true Christian freedom takes the form of social distancing and getting vaccinated. For this reason, I was pleased to get my first COVID vaccination as soon as I was eligible. I understand getting vaccinated to be part of my missional calling as a Christian to love my neighbour and look forward to continuing to bless my community through receiving my second shot.” - Dr. Robert Dean, Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics, Editor of Didaskalia
“Getting the vaccine just makes sense to me as it will protect me, my family, friends and others from COVID-19. Vaccines have a long history of success and I want to do my part in contributing to the safety of our community. I am looking forward to when we can be together in person again and getting my vaccine brings us one step closer!” - Jenn Lundy, Enrollment Officer
“My rationale for getting vaccinated came from my understanding of what the vaccine is, what it does, and why it is important to get it. Once you understand this, it should be clear that getting vaccinated is the best solution we have for resolving the pandemic. We know that the vaccine is safe to take. We also know that it is effective in reducing the viral load in vaccinated individuals, which protects you as an individual, as well as those around you through decreasing the transmission of the virus. I encourage everyone to take the step to protect themselves and others.” - Waedon Dueck, Incoming Student Council President
Check out these excellent sources of information on COVID-19 vaccines.