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Church of the Nazarene minister the Reverend Kelron Harry. (iWN photo)
Church of the Nazarene minister the Reverend Kelron Harry. (iWN photo)

A pastor in St. Vincent and the Grenadines says his church’s objection to mandatory vaccination is based on its violation of people’s conscience. 

“My church, for instance, has no problem with vaccines or this (COVID-19) vaccine. The issue is with the mandate,” said the Reverend Kelron Harry, who is superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene in the Windward Islands and pastor of the Arnos Vale Church of the Nazarene in St. Vincent.

“The whole idea of an exemption wouldn’t be based on any health efficiency of the vaccine but on the issue of the conscience of the individuals,” he told a Teachers’ Union press conference in Kingstown yesterday (Monday). It is a violation of  the individual’s conscience … We believe the conscience of a man is God speaking to this man or this woman.”

Harry was speaking as some workers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines have been turned away from their jobs because they have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

The government’s COVID-19 mandate came into effect last Friday, requiring a large number of public sector workers to get vaccinated if they are to remain on the job.

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Seven police officers, including the head of the Police Welfare Association, Station Sergeant Brenton Smith, who were turned away from their job on Monday because they were not vaccinated, attended the press conference.

Harry said that he has had the experience of his home being burglarised and he asked listeners to imagine what that is like. 

“I feel very uncomfortable in my house after that because I always wonder if someone — because I feel violated.  Let us step that up and think about a person’s body. 

“Now, if someone enters your body — and we know someone might say it is a stretch because they look at the issue of rape, when a person’s body is entered without permission, when they are violated,  — that person finds it difficult to ever really feel conformable again in his own skin. So they go through all sorts of treatment.”

Harry said that a person whose house is burglarised may not want to sleep there for a while. 

“But if you violate my conscience, if I have to go against my own conscience, there are people who can’t sleep at night because of that. There are people who are in constant turmoil and war in their mind because they have been forced to do something that they just didn’t want to do. 

“They feel it to be so wrong, but in order to save their job, they are going against it and when they go home, they cannot sleep.”

Harry said he had met an elderly woman who was frustrated about being forced to take the vaccine.  

“She is going to take this vaccine, she is praying, ‘O, God—’

“I do not see how the Church can support such a mandate. It is on these grounds and these grounds only that I see that we can properly write and seek exemption for individuals. And like Martin Luther said, it is neither safe nor right to go against your conscience. This is God speaking to you. I think it is very important.”

4 replies on “Vaccine mandate forces people to go against their conscience — pastor”

  1. (Exodus 20:13, The bible states Thou shall not kill. 16 Thou shalt not bear a false witness against thy neighbor. Stop using the Bible for our nonsense. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s. clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against a spiritual wickedness in high places.

  2. Donald De Riggs says:

    Pastor Harry has succinctly described the psychological and mental trauma experienced by many Vincentians who were forced to be jabbed, just to keep their job, while the PM, CMO and ministet of health sleep peacefully each night.

    Those religious leaders who the PM cannot influence are villified in the most ignominious manner to try to coerce them into submission. He can influence the Catholics and 7 devil badventists among others, but the Good Book already prophesied that the anti Christ will manifest itself in the last days.

    To those persons who are violated by the misconduct of this govt, be assured that God is on your side and deliverance might be sooner than you expect…..Divine Intervention is sure ! Just keep praying.


    In South Afrika .Apartheid was a law imposed by a racist white minority, a similar situation has manifested itself in svg. Are we going to live with this iniquitous law forever ? Nah! Like in Azania (South Africa) apartheid has to be eradicated, here in SVG it will follow the same trend, once the govt does not retract the law right away.

    Small Axe
    Donald De Riggs

  3. Augustus Eston says:

    It’s so hypocritical and misleading to hear and see some of the false information being spread using even biblical texts. If a human conscience is God speaking to that person was a truthful statement can you please explain to me when the most brutal and heinous attack on women and children by the cowardice and wicked where are the conscience? Or the voice of God.

    An analysis of what is and how long Covit19 will effect our lives and living are being conducted literally every single day and no one absolutely no one with a certainty can give the perfect results.

    So scientists and others medical experts believe and have proven that a Vaccine provides a greater chance of survival than being unvaccinated.

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