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Megachurch pastor who declared Jesus the vaccine for Covid-19 is 'taking' the coronavirus shot

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The ministry of John Hagee, senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas has clarified that he believes in both prayer and medicine and is taking the coronavirus vaccine.

It comes months after Pastor Hagee's own battle with Covid-19 in which he revealed, in November, that he'd spent over two weeks in hospital and declared Jesus as the vaccine for the virus.

Hagee Ministries spokesperson Ari Morgenstern told ABC News in a statement: "Pastor Hagee himself is taking the vaccine." He added Hagee's comments had been taken out of context. "Pastor Hagee believes in both the power of prayer and modern medicine. These are not mutually exclusive."

At the time of his recovery Hagee, who's 80, told worshippers: "I'm sitting in this chair today to the testimonial of the healing power of Jesus Christ. I spent 15 days in the hospital with double pneumonia, and I'm still supposed to be home gasping for air," he said.

"I'm on this platform speaking of the glory of God for the healing power of God. I breathe under the authority of Christ every sickness and every disease and especially the COVID thing that's sweeping this nation.

"We have a vaccine; the name is Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God. Let Him sweep through this country and heal the righteous who dare to ask for it. Heal our church members. Restore them rapidly. Let the name of Jesus Christ be exalted because He is Lord over all," he added.

John Hagee's Cornerstone Church has more than 22,000 members.

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