Information Regarding the Vaccines for Covid-19

As the vaccine for Covid-19 becomes more available, each of us will decide whether or not we will participate. We recognize that you may have questions, concerns and reservations about doing so. The following is provided as information for you from the medical personnel in our congregation. This is provided for information’s sake only and should not be construed as a recommendation or requirement of Calvary Baptist Church. Here is their statement:

The medical practitioners of Calvary Baptist Church are encouraging our members to take their coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available to them. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says, “Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Other steps, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask and staying at least 6 feet away from others, help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others.”1

Even after receiving the vaccine, however, it is still important to follow Calvary’s guidelines for being at church. Again the CDC says, “While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others… There is not enough information currently available to say if or when CDC will stop recommending that people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before making that decision.”1 But receiving the vaccine and continuing to follow the guidelines will help us return to church as we know and love it sooner.

1. www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html

Signed,

Clarissa Beiting, MD, Gynecology
Matt Birdwhistell, DO, Family Practice
Becky Dutch, PhD, Virology
Barney Hunter, MD, Gastroenterology
Justin Johnson, MD, Urology
Benita King, RN, Nurse Practitioner
J.D. Miller, MD, Internal Medicine
Merrille Stevens, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Samantha Todd, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Allen Winchester, MD, Family Practice
Tim Winchester, MD, Family Practice

Click here for a printable version of this statement.

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