Rabbi Paul Freedman has offered the following prayers to be recited when receiving the first or second dose of a vaccination for Covid-19. The coronavirus pandemic has brought so much loss of life and normality, yet the vaccination programme offers us a beacon of light in these dark times.
A PDF of the prayers can also be downloaded here.
We strongly encourage all of our members to receive a Covid vaccination when they are called to do so. The vaccines have been rigorously tested for safety and taking one will help protect you and the people around you from serious disease. It is a mitzvah, a commandment and a good deed, to do so.
We are proud of the ways our communities have helped lead on preventing coronavirus transmission. Rabbi Tony Bayfield, former chair of the Movement for Reform Judaism, comments “Reform Judaism leads the way in defining the authentic Jewish response to this terrible pandemic. Physically – by giving absolute priority to saving life, putting the safety of others first and then coming forward for vaccination. And spiritually – by embracing technology so that communal worship and mutual support remains the heart of synagogue life. I feel immensely proud to witness the pioneering work of Reform communities.”