First Presidency again urges members to protect themselves from COVID-19

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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints once again urged members to take necessary measures to protect themselves from COVID-19 in a news release on Thursday.

“We find ourselves fighting a war against the ravages of COVID-19 and its variants, an unrelenting pandemic,” the First Presidency said. “We want to do all that we can to limit the spread of viruses.”

The First Presidency urged members to get vaccinated and to wear face masks when social distancing isn’t possible.

“To limit exposure to these viruses, we urge the use of face masks in public meetings whenever social distancing is not possible,” the news release said. “To provide personal protection from such severe infections, we urge individuals to be vaccinated. Available vaccines have proven to be both safe and effective.”

President Russell M. Nelson receives his COVID-19 vaccine in January. The First Presidency urged members to get vaccinated and to wear face masks when socially distancing isn’t possible in a statement released Thursday afternoon. (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

The First Presidency added the importance of following the advice of medical experts and government officials. “We can win this war if everyone will follow the wise and thoughtful recommendations of medical experts and government leaders.”

President Russell M. Nelson, alongside the rest of the First Presidency, five apostles and most of their spouses, were vaccinated back in January and urged Church members to get vaccinated once they were eligible to do so.

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