Gloriavale unlikely to support vaccination

The Gloriavale compound. Photo: Greymouth Star
The Gloriavale compound. Photo: Greymouth Star
As health authorities try to increase Covid-19 vaccination rates on the West Coast, at least 600 people will miss out — at Gloriavale Christian Community.

The community did not respond to a query but has refused other vaccines in the past and the Greymouth Star understands it is poised to do so again.

Members promote breast-feeding as a way of boosting their children’s immune systems.

Recent West Coast District Health Board papers, talking about vaccines generally, describe Gloriavale as a "community of interest".

Over the years, the group’s rejection of vaccines has affected other vaccination rates on the Coast.

In 2009, Gloriavale Christian Community School was the West Coast school that refused to take part in the anti-cancer human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme.

During the 2013 whooping cough outbreak, Gloriavale members wore masks when they visited Greymouth for shopping.

Gloriavale generally refuses to comment publicly these days.

Its website states: "We have had many experiences with the media that make us wary of bias and glory seeking that distorts the Word of God and the truth of the Church."

"We have seen very few blessings come from reports in newspapers, radio or television, so we do not seek publicity nor do we believe that the media exists to promote the truth."

The WCDHB referred queries to Gloriavale.

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