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LDS Church encourages missionary vaccinations around globe

U.S. Navy : Elisha Smith

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.

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