23 July 2021 | An Adventist care worker in the United Kingdom (UK) has made local news for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Przemyslaw Boloz lives in Worcester, in the West Midlands, and Worcester News says his refusal is based on his religious views.

Government legislation will now require double vaccinations for care staff in England by October and Boloz says he will lose his job for not complying.

“Me and my wife are Seventh-day Adventists. As such we believe that taking care of our bodies is our Christian duty.

“We believe in the importance of a healthy diet, exercise, sunshine, fresh air, clean drinking water and overall temperance.

“We do not drink alcohol, smoke, or even drink coffee, and our sicknesses records are near perfect.

“The official position of our Church is that we decide for ourselves whether we agree with the vaccination or not.

“Based on our experience so far we decided not to be vaccinated with this experimental vaccine,” said Boloz as quoted by Worcester News.

Boloz added that he and his wife plan to sell their house and leave the country, due to the government policy.

The Seventh-day Adventist denomination’s official statement on immunization reads as follows:

The Seventh-day Adventist Church places strong emphasis on health and well-being. The Adventist health emphasis is based on biblical revelation, the inspired writing of E.G. White (co-founder of the Church), and on peer-reviewed scientific literature. As such, we encourage responsible immunization/vaccination, and have no religious or faith-based reason not to encourage our adherents to responsibly participate in protective and preventive immunization programs. We value the health and safety of the population, which includes the maintenance of “herd immunity.”

We are not the conscience of the individual church member, and recognize individual choices. These are exercised by the individual. The choice not to be immunized is not and should not be seen as the dogma nor the doctrine of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Click here for resources from the denomination specifically related to COVID-19 vaccines.

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