Gloriavale Christian community faces education conundrum over anti-vaccine stance

Christian community Gloriavale will likely be forced to turn its back on its long-held anti-vaccine beliefs.

A source close to the community has said it is understood they are considering asking the Government for an exemption for the vaccine mandate for its teachers.

They say if the community fails to vaccinate its teaching staff – it runs the risk of its pre-school and school collapsing.

The source says the community would be reluctant to reorganise their workplace structure – and it’s unlikely they’d want to lose Government funding.

Gloriavale’s told its members it’s their choice to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

Lake Brunner, the area in which Gloriavale falls, currently has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the South Island.

As of Wednesday, 55.1 per cent of residents in Lake Brunner had received one dose and 45.3 per cent are fully vaccinated.

A series of meetings have been held on-site over the last few weeks, with the message being that nobody will be judged or condemned for getting the vaccine.

The source said it has been difficult for leaders to navigate as there are some very strong opinions about vaccines that have been in the community for 50 years.

Gloriavale has been approached for comment.

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