If you’re Catholic, you’re being encouraged to NOT get J&J vaccine if possible
If you are a Catholic, you are being encouraged to not get the Johnson and Johnson vaccine if at all possible due to moral concerns raised by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Upon learning of the approval of the Covid-19 Johnson and Johnson vaccine, the USCCB issued a statement raising the red flag on what they said J&J did to test out the vaccine among other issues.
On Monday, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Doctrine as well as Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, and chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, said their concern ties to the sue of fetus cells from Aborted Babies.
Abortion is considered a sin in the Catholic Church because it takes the life away from an unborn child.
You can get the J&J vaccine, the USCCB reiterates, if it's not possible to get the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines because we are in a pandemic and there is a need for people to get vaccinated.
“The approval of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in the United States again raises questions about the moral permissibility of using vaccines developed, tested, and/or produced with the help of abortion-derived cell lines.
Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines raised concerns because an abortion-derived cell line was used for testing them, but not in their production. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, however, was developed, tested and is produced with abortion-derived cell lines raising additional moral concerns. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has judged that ‘when ethically irreproachable Covid-19 vaccines are not available … it is morally acceptable to receive Covid-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process.’
However, if one can choose among equally safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, the vaccine with the least connection to abortion-derived cell lines should be chosen. Therefore, if one has the ability to choose a vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccines should be chosen over Johnson & Johnson’s."
While we should continue to insist that pharmaceutical companies stop using abortion-derived cell lines, given the world-wide suffering that this pandemic is causing, we affirm again that being vaccinated can be an act of charity that serves the common good.”
In a statement obtained by New Jersey Advance Media (nj.com), Johnson & Johnson said that no fetal tissue was used in their vaccine.
”We are able to manufacture hundreds of millions of doses using our engineered cell-line system that enables the rapid production of new viral vaccines to combat many of the most dangerous infectious diseases,” J&J said in a statement obtained by NJ Advance Media.
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