International Mission Board to require COVID vaccine for missionaries
The International Mission Board, which deploys thousands of missionaries, announced that its plans to require COVID-19 vaccinations for those they're sending into the field.
Why it matters: COVID-19 refusal rates are among the highest among white evangelical Christians and the requirement by the International Mission Board may be the first U.S. missionary agency known to have such a mandate.
The big picture: The policy from the International Mission Board applies to both current and future missionaries as well as some staff members.
- The International Mission Board said the vaccine mandate was implemented for health concerns and the fact that more countries are implementing their own vaccine requirements.
- The board acknowledged that the policy may result in some field personnel and staff members choosing not to join, to take a leave of absence or to discontinue their employment with the board because of the requirement.