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In the Netherlands, traditional Calvinists refuse vaccines and social distancing


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In the Netherlands, Protestants make up around 16 percent of the population and a small group of traditional Calvinists are opposed to vaccination and social distancing. Most of these believers, who live in a region known as the “Bible Belt”, were never vaccinated as children and are opposed to the idea of injecting sickness into a healthy body. Despite surging case numbers, they continue to attend Sunday services without face masks. But amid some of the country’s highest Covid-19 infection rates, some of them are starting to shift their mindset. Our regional correspondents report.

Programme prepared by Jennie Shin.

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