THE COVID-19 VACCINE

I was just wondering what the saints are thinking about the COVID-19 vaccine. The over 65 saints and the younger ones.

My concerns about the Covid-19 vaccine are that it was developed so quickly, and that it’s the “first of its kind”. I’ve taken vaccines in the past as a child and also before I’ve travelled when it has been recommended. But as I age I’ve become more cautious about my healthcare including what medications I’m willing to take, and this caution has also included taking vaccines. The side effects of certain medications at times seem to be worse than the disease they were meant to treat. And in our fallen world monetary profit can’t be ruled out when doctors prescribe medications, suggest surgeries, etc. We truly need the Lord’s wisdom in all that we do.

We here have taken all the prescribed precautions like wearing masks, doing curbside pick-ups, sanitizing, etc., and we haven’t really fellowshipped with our close by family since the beginning of the pandemic. Just a few short visits outdoors. Will the vaccine give us more freedom? I don’t think even the experts know the answer to that yet. We don’t know when, or even if this pandemic will end. Would I ever take the vaccine? Maybe down the road, maybe not. I don’t know. If you would have asked me a couple of weeks ago I would have said no way, but I see that so many people my age can’t wait to get it. Should that even be a consideration? And I must confess I have cabin fever at the moment.

So brothers and sisters, what are your thoughts on the Covid-19 vaccine?

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As I write this post I receive a text from my daughter telling me that the mother of someone we know has died from Covid. She was in her 70’s like me.

DEATH

The crimson stain of sin.
Death, again and again.
This world, our lives, our all,
Touched and marred, by the fall.

We see it all around.
We hear the heartbreak sound.
And those who weep anew,
Remind us of this truth.

by Cathy White 2016 ©

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1 Corinthians 15:50-57 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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27 thoughts on “THE COVID-19 VACCINE

  1. Hi Cathy! The first thing I want to say is the amount of false information which has been spread, mostly on the internet, about the vaccine has been amazing! Microchips in the shots by Bill Gates (aha) was the craziest one I read. The vaccines being the mark of the beast was another “popular” one on some Christian websites, etc. These type of conspiracy theories have done harm. Its caused many to automatically decide not to receive the shots. My only personal concern has been the safety of receiving the vaccine due to health issues I already have. Such as kidney failure. But after talking to my primary physician and kidney doctor, and being assured it would not affect my kidneys (I’m in between stage three and stage four, and decided not to participate in dialysis when first diagnosed six yrs ago) I’m taking the vaccines. In fact one of our local pharmacies is coming this week to begin the procedure with those who want the vaccine/shots. My building has over 100 units and we’re all eligible now (I’m 73). Most all here are age eligible or handicapped eligible. I’m sure there are some who may have decided not to get “poked” but I’ve not come across any yet. I’ve been blessed with two new great-grand babies in the past year, who I have not been able to see yet. I look forward to not just seeing them but holding them. So my decision was an easy one. But I would never criticize anyone who sees things differently. Love to you and Bill ❤

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    • Hi Juanita! It’s always good to hear from you, and congratulations on those new great-grand babies! I hope you get to hold them soon. I know what you mean about the false information out there. It is crazy and all this craziness surely brings reproach upon Christianity. What must the unsaved think? Here in Florida where there are many elderly the lines to get the vaccine have been long. The people want the vaccine. I guess we here are taking a wait and see position. (I’m 71) And of course, as you say, no criticism either way. I’m sorry to hear about your health problems. We’ll be praying for you. We love you too Juanita. ❤️ 🙂

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  2. Cathy, I can understand your concerns and my position is that I would not take it upon myself to advise anyone either way. Some people (like my daughter who took a very serious reaction to her cancer treatment) are better to be cautious for the moment. However, I don’t see this being offered here any time soon as Ireland has been very slow with the “roll out” on account of E.U. regulations. My aunt who lives in U.K. territory (which is not subject to these regulations) is a dear saint of 91 and has now had the vaccine some time ago and not suffered any ill effects. She’s a very healthy active lady anyway who drives about the place and likes to go for long walks, although she told me that she still “holds her breath” even when wearing a mask, when she sees a crowd of people walking towards her. I have a cousin (mid 70’s) who was dangerously ill with the virus. She fell on New Year’s Day and ended up in hospital with a broken shoulder, proceeded to catch Covid and had to be put into an induced coma. We prayed that she would come around and thank God she is now out of hospital, although they have done nothing with her broken shoulder, except to suggest physio. Another close relative was very ill too and an extended family member in her 80’s has sadly died with it. Generally speaking, I would agree with Tom’s stance on this matter; if he has previously not suffered ill effects to vaccines, there shouldn’t be a problem for him. Like you, I have not had vaccines since I was a child – and that wasn’t a problem. I will pray about it, though, and when we sincerely want to do the Lord’s will, He will guide us and we will definitely know what His will is in the matter. We were talking to a family friend (60’s) on the phone tonight who travels to such places as Burkino Faso and who has had to have numerous vaccines or he would not be allowed to carry out the Christian work he is engaged in. The same man gets really annoyed with conspiracy theories. What I would say is… ignore conspiracy theories but definitely pray about this matter. I cried last week to see a husband and wife in their early 70’s die with this disease within minutes of each other. The family were devastated – and they are not alone in their grief. This story is repeated all across the world presently. We look to the Lord and pray for His mercy and direction for His people as they seek to do His will in all things.

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    • Hi Elizabeth… Thank you for contributing to this discussion and sharing about your experiences regarding the virus. I’m sorry to hear about the illnesses you mention and your daughter’s bad reaction to treatment. We continue to pray for her here. We are a blessed people who can look to the Lord for wisdom, guidance and strength in these difficult and perplexing times.

      Another aspect of the pandemic is that some say that Covid-19 is no more dangerous than the ordinary flu. What comes to mind is a family that we know personally who are funeral directors here in the U.S. They stated in an article in their local paper that in the 50 years they’ve been in business they’ve never before seen the amount of deaths caused by Covid. My son has told me that when the pandemic first began the hospital he works in had to hire
      additional staff because they were so overwhelmed with Covid patients. (In fact right now the staff has increased because of another wave, but not as bad as it was last year when the virus first struck.) In addition he said last year they had to get refrigerated trucks because of the overwhelming death rate. He also told me ambulances would be lined up down the block waiting to bring patients into the hospital. I asked him if he ever saw this during flu season. He said never. So these are first hand accounts of what is actually happening.

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      • Yes, I agree Cathy… this virus in all it’s different forms is nothing like the ordinary flu and leaves many with lasting health problems- if they survive it. I know of so many people who have died with it on both sides of the Irish border. Heartbreaking. What many also do not realise is that cancer and other patients are not getting attention either because hospitals are overwhelmed with the virus. As regards the vaccine… people will still need to be very careful even after getting it and unfortunately “cabin fever” could be with us for a long time to come. As Christians we seek the Lord’s will in all things, in the knowledge that we should be protecting others at a time like this. I have 3 daughters – the one in Israel I have not seen for over 2 years. I long to do so but travel is out of question right now.

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  3. I will be getting the vaccine when I’m allowed to (I’m “only” 64). I understand people’s concerns about a new vaccine but if too few people get the vaccine, this pandemic is going to drag on and on. Israel reports great success with their vaccine process but they’re obviously dealing with much fewer people. As we’ve discussed several times, many Christians are making a mockery of the Gospel by denying the pandemic and blaming it on all kinds of conspiracies, the topic of my post for tomorrow.

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    • Hi Tom, Im not one for conspiracy theories either, or denying that the pandemic exists. My son works in a hospital and he’s seen a notable increase in Covid hospitalizations in the past couple of months. He also tells me it’s much much worse than the ordinary flu. He’s been in healthcare for some 20 years so he knows. We are definitely in the midst a pandemic. No doubt about that. And as I mentioned in the post, the Mom of someone we know was visiting her son and his family. They got Covid and she got it from them and she died. At the same time I do have some serious concerns about the safety of the vaccine that I mentioned in the post. I look forward to reading your post on the topic, and thank you for your input!

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    • Thank you so much Helen for your input. I must say that the Scripture you quote has come to my mind now and in the past regarding vaccines. I also question the necessity of some preventive tests that are so common. Sometimes it’s hard to draw the line in today’s medical world. Good to hear from you again. Praying you are well. ❤️

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  4. Hi Cathy,

    It’s good to hear that you have done some reading up about this matter. I likewise have done lots of reading/listening around the subject.

    I have discovered that “mRNA” technology that is being rolled out as a “vaccine” is more akin to genetic modification. I have learnt that the claims of such “vaccines” appears to only be that they “may reduce the symptoms” of the illness and not prevent catching it in the first place, nor passing it onto others in the second.

    Also a quick search on the defenition of “vaccine” brings up the following info:
    “Vaccines are medicines that contain weakened or dead bacteria or viruses…” As this is not the case for the “mRNA injections” then they cannot really be defined as vaccines. They are just injections. This type of injection has not been tolerated well in previous animal studies. The Pharma clinical trials are still ongoing – some have an estimated end date of 2023 for their trials. So all who allow themselves to be injected are part of the “clinical trial,” although they may not be made aware of such.

    I think that you can work out what my position is on this subject!

    God bless
    Helen

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    • Helen you were correct. The comment was in my spam folder. I usually delete spam without looking at the posts, but I see now that I shouldn’t do that. Anyway your comment is very interesting. I will be reading the information you provided at the links and comment when I’m done. I knew the vaccine was only approved for emergency use. Translated that means that it’s still in trial mode. Really something to think about. Thank you so much. Blessings…

      Helen… I have edited your comment and removed the links as I am not comfortable with and do not wish to propagate the information presented therein. This is such a serious issue I hope you understand. I appreciate you as a sister in the Lord.❤️

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      • Hi Cathy

        That’s no problem. I usually remove links from comments on my own blog too.

        You are right though, in that it is a serious issue. I think that’s probably why a few of your visitors have tried to share some of the very serious side of this matter by ataching links.
        Because you asked the question in the blog post, we thought you may be a person who required some help finding the relevant information to help you make an informed decision.

        Anyway, regardless of where we currently stand on this matter, I know that we are all trying to seek for truth in all things. We are all trying to follow the Lord Jesus Christ and not be side-tracked from obeying His commands. None of us wants to be led astray by lies or liars, not in this issue or in anything else.

        I cling to the knowledge that we are promised the wisdom from God Himself, should we ask. James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach.” His generosity to teach us, renew our minds, and gird us with strength, for whatever our respective lives require of us is simply too wonderful to comprehend.

        With love in Christ Jesus
        Helen

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        • Dear Helen… Sometimes in certain situations as this I find it difficult to know what to do. I very much appreciate your kind response. Thank you for understanding. I certainly don’t want to alienate a sister in Christ, and I look forward to your continued comments on the relevant issues of our day. Even though these are quite serious matters as we both believe, above all we are brethren in the Lord.

          Well said Helen…

          “Anyway, regardless of where we currently stand on this matter, I know that we are all trying to seek for truth in all things. We are all trying to follow the Lord Jesus Christ and not be side-tracked from obeying His commands. None of us wants to be led astray by lies or liars, not in this issue or in anything else.

          I cling to the knowledge that we are promised the wisdom from God Himself, should we ask. James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach.” His generosity to teach us, renew our minds, and gird us with strength, for whatever our respective lives require of us is simply too wonderful to comprehend.”

          Blessings ❤️

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  5. I know what you mean Mandy, about the heat and hurricane prep. We moved to Florida to be near my daughter and her family. They moved to Florida in 2013 from Easton. Hurricanes are something we pray about. We’ll pray your Mama is safe too.

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  6. Hey, Cathy! For what it’s worth I am 39 and Nathan is 46 we are waiting to see what happens. We are in no rush to get this vaccine. My aunt who is 65 had lunch with us today and she received her first vaccine Moderna vaccine the other day. She said her arm was sore for two days like when she gets a regular flu shot. She will get her second shot in two weeks. I personally do not think this vaccine is the Mark of the Beast but it is a precursor. I am not judging anyone who will or will not get the vaccine. It appears, at least in PA that you’ll still have to wear a mask in public even if you have been vaccinated. I do not think we will ever not wear a mask in PA. The mask is NOT the hill I will die on. I do see wisdom for my folks and aunts who are late 60s and older to get the vaccine. I understand being cautious and like I said, I am not judging anyone based on their decision. I am just waiting and seeing what will happen. Thanks for this discussion, Cathy!

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    • Hi Mandy! I appreciate your input! It’s interesting that you say “I do not think we will ever not wear a mask in PA.” I know what you mean. I’m thinking it’s possible that this virus in various forms is here to stay. I believe most places are requiring masks for those who have been vaccinated. A new way of living for sure. I don’t think it’s the mark either. Vaccines have been around for some time. I’m also taking a wait and see position. And yes, absolutely no judging here either. We lived in Easton, PA for over 16 years, in Forks Township. Left in 2017. We’re originally from Queens, NY. Living in Florida now. We don’t miss the snow. 🙂 Blessings to you and your family.

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      • I’ve gone to the US Open for years staying either in Queens or Great Neck. Easton is nice! I live in Lancaster. My mom is officially a Floridian. I was a Floridian for 90 days (June 2019-Sept 2019) there is such a thing as too hot. Hurricane prep is no joke either. If anything happened to my mama Nathan and I would move to FL stat. We are St Pete people.

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  7. Hi, Cathy! Great question to put out there right now!

    My husband and I are not going to receive it for the same reasons as you. I am 54 and as you know we ( my husband and I ) had it. Four out of seven of our children still live at home-they we’re here at the time we caught Covid 19 (I believe Dean -my husband-brought it home as I had been no where-and one of his employees had it. Then he was sick with what we thought was a cold) None of the 4 living here caught it. I have had grandchildren off and on because of their parents working in healthcare field and none of them have had it.

    Is it real? Yes!! I will never deny that. We take all the precautions we are suppose to. And I really don’t believe they know everything about-like I question if you can carry it around and infect others-

    The other thing I believe will happen is those that choose not to get this vaccine ( the I believe is experimental at this point) will be “marked” (not like 666 or with a chip!) with a “proverbial scarlet letter”.

    I will not judge anyone that gets the vaccine and lovingly I expect the same treatment ❤️🙏🏻

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    • Excellent comment Beth. Just the type of feedback I’m looking for. Thank you! That’s so very interesting that not all in your family got the virus. This virus is so unpredictable. And yes, the “proverbial scarlet letter” is a definite possibility. Thanks for reminding me that the vaccine does not have full approval. It’s approved for emergency use only. And absolutely no judging, one way or the other. ❤️

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