The December 18, 2020 event was hosted by the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) and co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University and the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) as part of the Religious Responses to COVID-19 project.

Challenging equity issues—including allocation of limited supplies of vaccines, setting priorities for vaccination, and significant vaccine hesitancy—could complicate efforts to address the COVID-19 emergencies in the months ahead. Religious communities and leaders can play significant roles in addressing these challenges.

A consultation on “Religious Responses and Engagement on COVID-19 Vaccines” explored these issues on December 18, 2020. The invitation-only event included about 20 representatives of faith-inspired organizations, public health experts, and development practitioners.

Participants explored specific ways in which religious institutions, beliefs, leaders, and practices can contribute strategically to an expedited rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. The discussion, as a continuation of ongoing exchanges, focused on faith engagement in immunization by drawing on experience from past health crises, including the Ebola outbreaks and HIV/AIDS epidemic. Experts also considered what is known and what needs to be ascertained in assessing contemporary responses, as well as practical solutions looking forward.

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