How getting the COVID vaccine is like being a “Good Samaritan”

Franklin Graham, son of pioneering televangelist Billy Graham, told his Facebook followers that Jesus Christ would advocate vaccination, basing his interpretation on the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan. Why?

Graham wrote:

Based on the parable of the Good Samaritan in the Bible, I would have to say — yes, I think Jesus Christ would advocate for people using vaccines and medicines to treat suffering and save lives.

A just-released study in JAMA reports that researchers have found that “receiving a COVID-19 vaccination dramatically reduces the chances of contracting the virus, either in symptomatic or asymptomatic form.”

In other words, it not only keeps you from getting COVID, it “dramatically” reduces the risk that you will carry the virus with no symptoms (be asymptomatic) and spread it to family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and in your faith community without even knowing the harm that you are doing.

If you asymptomatically carry the virus and someone you love catches it from you, you would likely have no way of knowing the harm that you’re causing. I doubt even one of my readers would want to give COVID to someone else.

Well, the COVID vaccine can go a long, long way toward giving you the assurance that you’re following in the footsteps of the Good Samaritan.

For this particular study, the researchers regularly tested workers at a hospital, some of whom received the COVID vaccine while others had not.

They then determined “overall, vaccination reduced the risk of asymptomatic and symptomatic COVID-19 infection by 79% in vaccinated employees compared with their unvaccinated colleagues.”

In other words, the COVID vaccine allows you to put into practice the “second great commandment”—to love others as you love yourself.


This blog was accurate as of the day of posting. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly evolves and the scientific community’s understanding of the novel coronavirus and the COVID vaccine develops, the information above may have changed since it was last updated. While I aim to keep all of my blogs on COVID and the COVID vaccine up to date, please visit online resources provided by the CDC, WHO, and your local public health department to stay informed on the latest news.

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