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U.K.’s top archbishop says getting the coronavirus vaccine is a moral issue: ‘It’s how we love our neighbor’

“Vaccination reduces … my chances of getting ill, [which] reduces my chances of infecting others — it’s very simple,” Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said in an interview with the British station ITV on Tuesday. “Go and get boosted; get vaccinated. It’s how we love our neighbor.”

As the omicron variant spreads rapidly worldwide in the lead-up to Christmas, the Church of England’s most-senior cleric offered an unwavering pronouncement: Getting the coronavirus vaccine and booster is a moral issue, the Washington Post reports.
“Vaccination reduces … my chances of getting ill, [which] reduces my chances of infecting others — it’s very simple,” Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said in an interview with the British station ITV on Tuesday. “Go and get boosted; get vaccinated. It’s how we love our neighbor.”

The archbishop’s statement comes as scientists in Britain are pushing Prime Minister Boris Johnson to order tougher restrictions as covid cases continue to climb. In the last seven days, over 600,000 new cases were recorded in the U.K. — an increase of more than 50 percent, according to The Washington Post’s covid tracker. On Monday, Johnson said he had no plans to implement new rules.

Masks are required in England in most indoor public spaces and on public transit, including taxis. But they are optional in restaurants, pubs and gyms. The rules vary in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. About 77 percent of Britain has received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, The Post’s data shows.

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