Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, during the Church and Peace program statedthat the arguments of people who oppose vaccination against COVID-19 for fear of negative consequences are unreasonable.
The Metropolitan read on the air a comment from one of the spectators that among the consequences of vaccination against coronavirus, there could be infertility, impotence, a decrease in life expectancy, “and most importantly, chipping.”
“If this is called prudence, then I very much doubt that a person’s brain is all right. You are simply repeating the most ridiculous myths that exist about the vaccine, voicing unverified theories in spite of the obvious facts, ”the metropolitan replied to the appeal.
He also stressed that vaccinated people continue normal and fulfilling lives, while the consequences arise for those who, on the contrary, are not vaccinated and get sick.
“Now several hundred people die every day, we break mortality records every day. How much more do you need to die, how much more do you need to get infected in order to convince you that you need to be vaccinated? ” – added Metropolitan Hilarion.
Earlier, he repeatedly called on Russians to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, stressing that its side effect is “minimal” and not comparable to “the suffering experienced” by infected people. This summer, the Metropolitan also supported the initiative of the Moscow authorities to make vaccination partially mandatory and called for a general mobilization in the fight against a new wave of the pandemic.
Metropolitan Hilarion was almost the only one from the church leadership who was not afraid to openly support vaccination. Patriarch Kirill prefers not to speak out on this topic and not even sign orders, one way or another touching upon this topic, which is painful for society.