Pope Francis is making a powerful appeal for people to get vaccinated against Covid-19. In a new video released on August 17, the Pope is joined by Cardinals and Archbishops from across North, Central and South America who speak about the suffering and death the pandemic has brought and the heroic efforts of researchers who developed the vaccines.
“Vaccination helps us protect the most vulnerable”, says Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chávez, Auxiliary Bishop of San Salvador, in the video. “Our choice to get vaccinated affects others. It is a moral responsibility, an act of love for the whole community”.
The Pope repeats this message in the conclusion of the video: “Getting vaccinated is a simple yet profound way to care for one another, especially the most vulnerable. I pray to God that each one of us can make his or her own small gesture of love… small gestures for a better future”.
In British Columbia, drop-in clinics are open for people who haven’t yet received their first dose and for those whose first dose was more than 28 days ago. No appointment is necessary, and anyone born in 2009 or earlier is eligible. For locations and hours of drop-in clinics in the Island Health Region, visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/vaxforbc#vancouver-island. If you prefer to book an appointment, this can be done by phone at 1-833-838-2323 or online at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register.