2021-01-25 14:27:00

Russian Church against discrimination of those who refuse vaccination

Moscow, January 25, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church has not formulated a position on the possible introduction of the so-called "Covid-passports", but opposes discrimination against those who don't want to get vaccinated against coronavirus.

"The position of the Church on this issue was not discussed at our meeting of the Holy Synod, but our common position is that there should be no discrimination against citizens on the basis of whether or not they have been vaccinated against coronavirus," Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, said on the Church and the World program on Russia-24 TV.

On the other hand, he continued, the airlines and other states can introduce certain regulations at their discretion, and then everyone will have to decide how to adapt to them.

The metropolitan also foresees that Western countries may not recognize the Russian vaccine and will require Russians to be vaccinated with those vaccines which are certified in the West.

"If this happens, it will really create very serious problems in the movement of our citizens in the countries of the West," the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church said.