Kamala Harris: Getting Vaccinated Is the “Very Essence” of Biblical Mandate to “Love Thy Neighbor”


Vice President Kamala Harris is facing criticism for saying that receiving the COVID-19 vaccination is “the very essence” of what the Bible says when it tells us to love our neighbors.

Harris was giving remarks at a vaccine mobilization event in Detroit, Michigan on July 12 when she made the comments as the Biden administration had just failed to reach their goal of a 70% nationwide vaccination rate.

“I do believe that the act of getting vaccinated is the very essence — the very essence of what the Bible tells us when it says, ‘Love thy neighbor.’  Right?” she said.

“One can ask, ‘Well, who is one’s neighbor?  Is it the person who lives to my left, lives to my right?  I know them — may borrow a cup of sugar,’” she continued.

“But what we know it means when we talk about ‘love thy neighbor’ is that, yes, it may be the person next door; and it may be the man on the side of the road; and it may be a perfect stranger, and in the face of that stranger, you see a friend. That’s what this is about. And so, by getting vaccinated, you are loving your neighbor,” she concluded.

While Harris praised the “incredible” work being done to improve vaccination rates, she concluded by saying, “we have more work to do.”

Earlier this month, the administration missed its July 4 goal to see 70% of Americans at least partially vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

“Sadly there’s a lot of misinformation. Let’s know what it is and talk to our neighbors and say these are the facts,” Harris said earlier during her remarks. “Let’s take it to the streets, take it to the people.”

The Biden White House has been aggressively combating what it characterizes as “misinformation” about the virus, going as far as to publicly spar with Facebook, which President Joe Biden accused of “killing people” for failing to prevent the spread of inaccurate information about the pandemic or vaccine.

He has since walked these comments back; yet his press secretary, Jen Psaki, also revealed during a White House press briefing last week that the administration has been “flagging” posts for Facebook that it believes should be removed, drawing a wave of criticism that there is private-public collusion to censor American citizens.

Harris, for her part, was criticized by some Christians for referencing the Bible despite political beliefs that run contrary to what the Bible actually teaches.

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