Lockdown 6.5 – vaccine certificates & church, Part 1.

Update 15.09.2021

We have been in discussions with health officials regarding the roadmap out of lockdown in Victoria. We have raised various concerns and questions. We expressed our view that places of worship are for everyone. We have urged that any exclusion of unvaccinated people is clearly a temporary and transitional measure. We have expressed concern about policing vaccination certificates. We have explained we need to consider unvaccinated children. We have requested weddings to be resumed now, with five people present. We have raised the issue of unvaccinated clergy. The discussions have been for the health officials to understand our needs better. In NSW, only vaccinated people will be able to gather for religious services in the first stage of exiting lockdown. We await more information and will communicate that when known.

Grace and peace in Jesus Christ

Archbishop Philip Freier