Table 2

Subgroups of religious leaders according to their role in influencing acceptance or refusal of vaccination among congregations
Dont address topic Focus on deliberate choice Preach against vaccination
N 3 4 5
Denomination RRC CRC ORC
Position Pastor Pastor Elder or deacon
Estimated local vaccination coverage High Intermediate Low
(> 85%) (50-75%) (< 25%)
Personal decision on vaccination Acceptance Refusal Refusal
Way of addressing the topic Not applicable Discussion Preaching
Mission field Not applicable Pastoral care Sermons
Confirmation classes Confirmation classes

RRC Restored Reformed Church, RC Reformed Congregations, CRC Christian Reformed Churches, ORC Old Reformed Congregations, RCN Reformed Congregations in the Netherlands.

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Ruijs et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:511   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-511

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