Adventist Health Ministries

COVID-19, Vaccines, and Your Health

Welcome to a page devoted to COVID-19, vaccines, and your health! Learn about COVID-19 facts and fiction, vaccine development, and your health through and beyond the pandemic.

Seventh-day Adventist Church Official Statement on Immunizations

The Seventh-day Adventist Church places strong emphasis on health and well-being. The Adventist health emphasis is based on biblical revelation, the inspired writing of E.G. White (co-founder of the Church), and on peer-reviewed scientific literature. As such, we encourage responsible immunization/vaccination, and have no religious or faith-based reason not to encourage our adherents to responsibly participate in protective and preventive immunization programs. We value the health and safety of the population, which includes the maintenance of “herd immunity.”

We are not the conscience of the individual church member, and recognize individual choices. These are exercised by the individual. The choice not to be immunized is not and should not be seen as the dogma nor the doctrine of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.


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Vaccines: Sound in Science & Doctrine – Effective Health ministry & Vaccines: Friend or Foe?

Dr. David Williams Currently, he is the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health, and chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also a Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology at Harvard University.

Bio: https://scholar.harvard.edu/davidrwilliams/home




“It is labor lost to teach people to look to God as a healer of their infirmities, unless they are also taught to lay aside unhealthful practices.” E. G. White, Ministry of Healing Pg 227



VACCINATION: BIBLICAL-THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION

Jiri Moskala, ThD, PhD Dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University, Professor of Old Testament Exegesis and Theology

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COVID-19 Vaccines: Development & Deployment

Wilbur Chen, MD, MS, FACP, FISDA, Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine Chief, Adult Clinical Studies section Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health (CVD) Director, UMP Travel Medicine Practice.

Bio: https://www.umaryland.edu/lifelong-learning/covid-19/experts/wilbur-chen-md-ms.php


MICRO-CLOTS & COVID-19

Dr. Brian Bull, MD Pathologist Loma Linda University Medical Center

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COVID-19 Facts & Fiction

Roger Seheult, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Loma Linda University School of Medicine and School of Allied Health Professions


Some Observations for Seventh-day adventists on Ellen White and Vaccines

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Ellen G. White Estate, Merlin D. Burt, PhD, May 14, 2021


Health & Fanaticism & Conspiracy Theories

Torben Bergland, MD, Associate Director Health Department, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Bio: https://www.healthministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/bio-torben.pdf


Vaccinated Yet? So What? What is the Right Attitude to Vaccination?


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By Willie & Elaine Oliver in Adventist Review

To be or not to be, that is the question—a line from what is probably the most famous monologue of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Quite possibly the most famous soliloquy—an erudite way of saying speech—in English literature.

COVID-19 Features, Commentaries & News – Adventist Review


Whatever we do should spring from biblical principles. Vaccination is a human product, but a result of God’s capacities given to humans to think and be creative. God gives wisdom for research and inventions (Dan 12:4). He created the marvelous, intricate immune system as a defense; it is the foundation upon which vaccines and immunization work (Ps 139:14)”, (Moskala, 2021, para 7).


COVID-19 & Exercise

Ernesto P. Medina Jr, DrPH, NBC-HWC, ACSM-EP-C, Assistant Professor Loma Linda University School of Public Health

Bio & Publications: https://home.llu.edu/education/faculty/medina-ernesto/publication


Addictions & COVID-19: Resilience and Recovery Factors

Katia Garcia Reinert, PhD, MSN, RN, CRNP, FNP-BC, PHCNS-BC ociate Director, Health Ministries, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Family Nurse Practitioner, Shepherds Clinic, Baltimore MD

Bio: https://www.healthministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/bio-katia.pdf


APOCALYPTIC FICTION IN TIMES OF COVID-19

Click on the image to the left to download and read this article by Dr. Elias Brasil de Souza, Biblical Research Institute.

Read other articles from the Biblical Research Institute on COVID-19 including:

Is God Responsible for COVID-19?

COVID-19 in the Light of Truth and the Lie in Revelation

Is COVID-19 a Sign of the End?


Mental Health & Well-being During the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

Torben Bergland, MD, Associate Director Health Department, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Bio: https://www.healthministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/bio-torben.pdf

“Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the Lord”.

Leviticus 19:18


Living Wisely Beyond the Pandemic

Dr. Peter Landless
M.B., BCH., M.MED., (SA), FACC, FASNC
Director, General Conference Health Ministries
Director, ICPA Executive Director


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Hope In Troubled Times

Troubled times come to us all. Whether it is a financial crisis, a health crisis, or a personal or family
crisis, we all face times when the day is bleak and the forecast for tomorrow doesn’t seem any brighter.
What we need is hope—hope that someone somewhere cares about our situation, hope that tomorrow
will be better, hope that there is a permanent solution to all of the troubles of this life.

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Psalm 121:1–4, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He
will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.”*

Jeremiah 29:11–13, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”

Adventist Health Ministries

The General Conference Health Ministries Department exists to support and empower Seventh-day Adventist churches, members, and institutions around the world to experience the blessings of holistic health while actively sharing those blessings with others. We believe that we have been created as wholistic beings with physical, mental, spiritual, social, and relational dimensions. We believe that God is deeply interested in the health and well-being of humanity, and that He wants to use His church as a special agent of healing to relieve suffering and reveal His love.

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Adventist Medical Evangelism Network

Mission

To motivate, train, and equip Seventh-day Adventist physicians, dentists, and other healthcare professionals to team with pastors and members, uniting the church to restore Christ’s ministry of healing to the world, hastening His return.

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Additional COVID-19 Resources