Local Rastafarian group claims religious exemption from vaccination – Eye Witness News
“Our health comes from good nutrition and strict obedience to the words of Almighty Jah Rastafari”
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NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Executive Council of the Rastafari House Inter-Manor Collective yesterday issued a statement calling for a religious exemption from compulsory vaccination.
The statement does not specify whether the group is refraining from vaccinations against COVID-19 in particular or against all vaccines in general, and Eyewitness News Inquiries to the Executive Board went unanswered until going to press.
In its statement, the council said: “Rastafarian is an indigenous culture of African descendants that encompasses our belief system, our faith, our education, our nutrition, our health and our work. Our way of life is based on the Bible …
“Rastafari has depended on the Bible and its ancestral knowledge for the preservation of health within our families. We use natural holistic remedies to maintain our health, preferring the use of herbs, tonics, natural foods, rest, nature and our body’s immune system to maintain our vitality.
The statement comes amid the public discourse about vaccinating students ahead of the new school year.
Education Minister Jeffrey told media on Monday that “no child can enter the public school system without vaccination”, however, he later clarified that he was referring to pre-existing vaccine requirements and not the COVID vaccine -19, which remains voluntary.
Still, the comments sparked a national discussion as the country now has Pfizer vaccines that can be given to children 12 and older, with Lloyd encouraging parents of children in that age group to get them vaccinated.
But the Rastafarian Executive Council has provided its members with a written exemption form that they can sign on behalf of themselves and their children, stating that “my genuine and sincere religious beliefs prohibit me, as well as to my child (ren) from all or all vaccines / immunizations ”.
“I am a member of the House Of Rastafari Inter-Mansion collective and request a religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement at any institution,” the written form reads.
The counsel also referred to several biblical passages, including Genesis 1:29, Ezekiel 47:12, and Revelation 22: 2, as the basis for its belief in herbal medicine.
“Our health comes from proper nutrition and strict obedience to the words of Almighty Jah Rastafari,” he said.
“Popular ignorance of the criminalization of the use of herbs and the unhindered destruction of forestry from the land is only dispelled now as human existence is threatened. “
Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis was recently criticized for claiming that widely used indigenous ‘bush medicine’ is not effective against COVID, as he again urged Bahamians and residents to stand up and take action. get vaccinated against the deadly virus.
Many Bahamians remain hesitant about the COVID-19 vaccine, which the government has maintained is offered on a voluntary basis.