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Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC)
Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC)
Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC)


Senior Rabbi amongst faith leaders urging
people to take the Covid-19 vaccine

20 January 2021

Rabbi Moshe Rubin, the Senior Rabbi in Scotland has joined other faith leaders in issuing a statement encouraging Jewish people to participate in the Scottish Government's vaccination programme which aims to reach 400,000 people a week by the end of February.


We faith leaders in Scotland understand the difficulty that our communities are facing during this pandemic. We urge all faith communities to take measures that will ensure their safety and the safety of others.

Furthermore, we support the Covid-19 vaccination programme across the community and we encourage people to be vaccinated so that they keep themselves and their neighbours safe.


Rabbi Moshe Rubin, Giffnock and Newlands Hebrew Congregation,
Senior Rabbi Of Scotland


Rev Dr George Whyte, Principal Clerk of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland


Bishop Hugh Gilbert, President of the Bishops Conference of Scotland


Most Reverend Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness,
Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church


Rev Dr Fred Drummond, National Director, Evangelical Alliance Scotland


Dr Muhammad Rafiq Habib, Convenor, Muslim Council of Scotland


Imam Hassan Rabbani, Imam of Zia-Ul-Quran Mosque,
Muslim Chaplain at Heriot-Watt University, Chair of Scottish Muslim Forum


Imam Sayed Razawi, Chief Imam,
Director General, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society

The Scottish Government has said it aims to ensure that care home residents, NHS staff and people over-80 by the first week of February. They will be followed by the over-70s by mid-February, and over-65 and vulnerable groups by March. By the end of March it is expected that 1.4 million people – more than a quarter of the populations - will have been vaccinated.

Rabbi Rubin said: "It is almost a year since the beginning of the lockdown restrictions, and with the introduction of the vaccine we can begin seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. It is extremely important to recognise that this is a matter of public health, and adhere to the guidelines set out by the government to help us be protected and to protect others. I fully endorse the faith leaders statement encouraging all to get the vaccine when invited.

In our prayers every day we recognise God as the creator of cures. Taking the vaccine that has been developed by scientists and doctors is one way of recognising God as the creator.

I hope and pray that we all come through the pandemic safely, stronger, and united."


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