Hospital chaplains anxious about priority for COVID vaccine

From Jack Jenkins at Religion News Service:

Variations of this complicated feeling — a mixture of hope, euphoria and lingering despair — were reported to RNS by a number of hospital chaplains who were vaccinated in recent days. Even while they rolled up their sleeves to join other frontline workers as some of the first to be gifted with human-made immunity to the novel coronavirus, many reflected on the work that led them to the historic moment — jobs that are sometimes harrowing, sometimes beautiful and always deeply felt.

Some chaplains who spoke to RNS expressed surprise that they were included in the first round of vaccinations.

“Chaplains have a really valuable role on the care team, but it’s not all the time we are told, ‘You’re just as important,’” Jennie said.

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