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A doctor is urging vegans to accept the COVID-19 vaccine following multiple concerns surrounding the jab.

Many refusing the vaccine are doing so based on the fact it has gone through animal testing. In UK law, all medications are tested on animals. 

Should vegans accept the COVID-19 vaccine?

However, Dr. Rebecca Jones says she ‘confidently’ accepted the vaccine and is encouraging other vegans to do the same. 

The GP, also known as The Vegan Doctor, penned an Op-Ed for major news outlet The Telegraph

“The reality is that all of our medications and vaccines will have been tested on laboratory animals,” Dr. Jones writes.

“As heartbreaking as that is to accept, I don’t feel that it means vegans should necessarily decline the Covid vaccine – or any vaccine for that matter. Does this make me less of a vegan?”

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‘All vaccines are tested on animals’

Moreover, Dr Jones cites The Vegan Society – which recently published a statement on the vaccine. 

It wrote: “The definition of veganism recognizes that it is not always possible or practicable to avoid animal use, which is particularly relevant to medical situations. 

“In the case of Covid-19, vaccination will play a fundamental role in tackling the pandemic and saving lives. As all vaccines currently are tested on animals, at this stage it is impossible to have a vaccine that has been created without animal use…

“We would like to make it clear that The Vegan Society encourages vegans to look after their health and that of others, to continue to be effective advocates for veganism and other animals.”

‘The compassion of veganism’

Dr. Jones then criticized those declining the vaccine to maintain a ‘pristine vegan title’. 

She added: “I feel that the compassion of veganism stretches not only to non-human animals but to other people too..

“Keeping myself healthy and well only assists me in my fight for animal equality.”

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Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.