CATHOLIC Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Reverend PaulinusEzeokafor, has beckoned on ndi Anambra to visit the designated health centres and get themselves vaccinated, even as he doused the fear of possible side effect of the vaccine as expressed in some quarters.
Bishop Ezeokafor, who stated this at St. Andrew’s Parish, Adazi Nnukwu, in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State while delivering a homily to mark this year’s Chrism Mass/Cathedraticum Celebration stressed the need for people to harken to the call for COVID-19 vaccination by the government, acknowledging that no vaccine was entirely free from side effects, adding that the vaccine would help in no small measure in checkmating the spread of the disease.
He stated that even though there were elements of insincerity on the side of the government, people should ignore that aspect and focus on that which, he said, would better their living and save them from contracting the disease.
Bishop Ezeokafor, who said that COVID-19 was still very much around and deadly, admonished ndi Anambra to keep to COVID-19 protocols by maintaining social distancing, washing their hands regularly and also wearing of Facemasks at all times.
He said that that people should not allow the rumours making the rounds that the vaccine could be injurious to their health to discourage and stop them from getting vaccinated.
Speaking on the essence of the Chrism Mass cum Cathedraticum Celebration, the bishop charged Christians to always support their priests spiritually, physically and materially, saying that as followers of Christ, they should understand that priests were Christ’s representatives on earth and deserved to be encouraged and protected.
Bishop Ezeokafor enjoined the priests to endeavour to practice what they preached, noting that their primary assignment was to propagate the Gospel of Jesus Christ, urging them to continue in their onerous task of winning souls for Christ