SALT LAKE CITY – During the Saturday morning session of the 191st Semi-Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor of the First Presidency, announced that all members of the Tabernacle Choir of Temple Square had been vaccinated.
“All participants have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have been recently tested,” President Eyring said of the choir on Saturday.
The Saturday morning session is the first time the choir has performed live for general conference since the pandemic began in early 2020.
“We note the reduced number of choir members, in order to provide a measure of social distancing,” President Eyring also said. “Safe medical practices were also followed during rehearsals. “
In August, the First Presidency issued a statement urging Church members to get vaccinated and wear face covers as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations increase in the United States and around the world.
The First Presidency, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and most of their spouses received their first doses of the vaccine in January.
The Church also encouraged missionaries and future missionaries to get immunized.
“In word and deed, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has supported immunizations for generations,” according to a January statement from the First Presidency. “As an important component of our humanitarian efforts, the Church has funded, distributed, and administered life-saving vaccines around the world. Vaccinations have helped curb or eliminate devastating communicable diseases, such as polio, diphtheria, tetanus, smallpox and measles. Vaccines administered by skilled health professionals protect health and preserve life.