Theologian Russell Moore revealed that he’s battling COVID-19 despite getting both doses of the vaccine, and said he feels as though he was “run over by a bulldozer.”
On Wednesday, Moore, the former president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, revealed that he, along with his wife, Maria, and their sons, was hit with “breakthrough COVID.”
“Maria feeling ok; the older vaccinated boys were fine all along,” he tweeted. “I feel like I’ve been run over by a bulldozer. Still, that’s nothing compared to what others are experiencing around the world. Grateful.”
In a follow-up tweet, Moore, who left the ERLC and now serves as the director of Christianity Today magazine’s Public Theology Project, revealed he feels “awful” and is only “getting worse.”
“I’ve tried to watch some of y’all’s streaming suggestions, but since I’m awake for only two-minute intervals, it’s really hard to follow,” he wrote. “Take care of yourselves, friends, this stuff is terrible.”
Shortly before revealing his diagnosis, Moore had urged his social media followers to get the vaccine: “The numbers are showing us: the rates of vaccinated people hospitalized is tiny. Deaths even more so. I am glad to be vaccinated, but plead with y’all to do so too,” he wrote.
Moore is among a rising number of individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 despite being vaccinated. Researchers in Britain this week announced that protection against the virus from two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines starts to fade within six months.
The CDC notes: “Some fully vaccinated people will get sick, and some will even be hospitalized or die from COVID-19. However, there is evidence that vaccination may make illness less severe for those who are vaccinated and still get sick. The risk of infection, hospitalization, and death are all much lower in vaccinated compared to unvaccinated people.”
Some 59% of white evangelicals said they have already been vaccinated for COVID-19, according to an NBC News poll released this month. It also found that 69% of all adults have been vaccinated. The poll, however, did not release the survey results for non-white evangelicals.