SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is encouraging missionaries across the globe to be vaccinated against the coronavirus but is not requiring it.
The Church's Missionary Department released a message Friday, asking full-time missionaries to "safeguard themselves and others."
The release said those who choose not to be immunized will be assigned to a mission in their home country.
Young U.S. missionaries planning to travel outside the country on or after Aug. 1 should be vaccinated before the leave, the release stated. Older senior missionaries may go after they have been vaccinated.
In January, the Church released a statement encouraging members, employees and missionaries to be "good global citizens" by getting inoculated.