KOLKATA: All priests and church workers will be vaccinated before the June 15 deadline of the current restrictions in the state. The heads of the two churches in the city — Bishop Paritosh Canning, who heads the Kolkata diocese of the Church of North India and Archbishop Thomas D Souza, head of the Kolkata archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church — have sent messages to all priests and parishioners that vaccination is the only way in which the pandemic can be fought and hence, there should be no complacence.
All priests and church workers of 35 CNI churches and most priests and workers of the Catholic church have received their first jab.
Bishop Canning got all priests and workers vaccinated at the La Martiniere vaccination centre being managed by Belle Vue Clinic. The expenses were borne by the diocese. The residents of the two old-age homes run by the CNI and teachers and support staff of all 21 CNI-run schools were also vaccinated. “We are very strict about this,” he said.
Archbishop D Souza said, “Most of those in the city have taken their first jab, some seniors have taken both. We are keeping in touch with churches and are asking priests to ensure even parishioners take the vaccine.”