Boris Johnson pays tribute to the army of church volunteers in vaccine rollout

Boris Johnson pays tribute to the army of church volunteers who have helped Britain’s remarkable vaccination effort in his Easter message

  • Boris Johnson thanks ‘millions of Good Samaritans’ in Britain’s vaccination effort
  • The PM expresses sympathy for Christians who can’t celebrate Easter as normal
  • He noted that churches across the UK are opening their doors as vaccine centres


Boris Johnson today pays tribute to the army of church volunteers who have helped Britain’s remarkable vaccination effort.

In an Easter message, the Prime Minister says: ‘I’ve lost count of the number of church leaders and congregations that have stepped up to support us all in these very challenging times.’

Thanking ‘millions of Good Samaritans’, he adds: ‘Having done all that during the darkest days of the pandemic, churches across the UK are now helping us light the path out of it by opening their doors as vaccination centres.’

Boris Johnson today pays tribute to the army of church volunteers who have helped Britain’s remarkable vaccination effort

Expressing sympathy for millions of Christians who cannot celebrate Easter as normal, Mr Johnson adds: ‘I know that for many people that means chocolate eggs and the Easter bunny and hot cross buns and all the rest of it and I will certainly be joining in.

‘But let’s not lose sight of the fact that this is Christianity’s most important festival.

‘And that, while churches are open, the ongoing coronavirus restrictions mean that once again it won’t be possible for many Christians to mark Easter in the way that they would like.

‘But if there’s one thing British Christians have shown us this year, it’s that Jesus Christ is, ‘the way, and the truth, and the life’ – not just today, but every day.’

'Having done all that during the darkest days of the pandemic, churches across the UK are now helping us light the path out of it by opening their doors as vaccination centres.' A pharmacist is seen administering the vaccine at St John's Church, in Ealing, London

‘Having done all that during the darkest days of the pandemic, churches across the UK are now helping us light the path out of it by opening their doors as vaccination centres.’ A pharmacist is seen administering the vaccine at St John’s Church, in Ealing, London