Friday, April 16, 2021
Florida Catholic staff - Florida Catholic
MIAMI | Notre Dame d'Haiti Mission hosted a vaccination event April 14, 2021 for people from the community. But it also attracted seminarians from St. John Vianney, and a visit from Archbishop Thomas Wenski.
The archbishop has released a video in Creole urging the Haitian community to get vaccinated against COVID-19. He worked in Little Haiti for 18 years before being named a bishop, most of them as administrator at Notre Dame d’Haiti.
The Catholic Church is encouraging Catholics to get vaccinated with any of the available vaccines. Both Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI have been vaccinated.
A “note” from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued in December 2020 stated that “all vaccinations ... can be used in good conscience...”
Archbishop Wenski also made the Church’s position clear to priests and Catholics in South Florida in a letter he sent them in March: “So to the question, can the parish be used as a site for all the currently available vaccinations, the answer is YES,” the archbishop wrote. “To the question, should I advise my parishioners to receive any of the three vaccinations available, the answer is also a definite YES.”
The archdiocese also has partnered with Jackson Memorial Hospital to offer vaccination appointments to priests, deacons, school faculty and staff, parish staff and volunteers at either of three locations: Lynn Rehabilitation Center in Miami, UHealth Jackson North in Miami Gardens and Jackson South in Kendall.
“Everyone is encouraged to be vaccinated, for their own health, the health of their families and for everyone with whom they interact in the community. It is especially important for all teachers to get vaccinated,” said Sister Elizabeth Worley of the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Augustine, who serves as chief operating officer and chancellor for administration in the archdiocese.