In a statement released Monday, the US Catholic Bishops Conference said it was “morally permissible” to receive the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer and Moderna.
“In view of the gravity of the current pandemic and the lack of availability of alternative vaccines, the reasons to accept the new COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are sufficiently serious to justify their use, despite their remote connection to morally compromised cell lines.”
Taking the vaccines “ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community.”
“In this way, being vaccinated safely against COVID-19 should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good.”
The AstraZeneca vaccine was deemed “more morally compromised,” and “should be avoided” unless there are no alternatives.
“It may turn out, however, that one does not really have a choice of vaccine, at least, not without a lengthy delay in immunization that may have serious consequences for one’s health and the health of others. In such a case it would be permissible to accept the AstraZeneca vaccine.”
Receiving any of the three, however, should not “desensitize us or weaken our determination to oppose the evil of abortion itself and the subsequent use of fetal cells in research.”
If a person refuses to get vaccinated, however, they have “a moral responsibility to undertake all the precautions necessary to ensure that one does not become a carrier of the disease to others, precautions which may include some form of self-isolation.”