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Bishops Discourage Catholics From Receiving Johnson & Johnson Vaccine if Alternatives Available

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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this week encouraged Catholics to choose Pfizer or Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines over Johnson & Johnson, if possible, because the latter’s inoculation was developed from stem cells obtained during two abortions decades ago.

Bishop Kevin Rhoades, chairman of the conference’s Committee on Doctrine, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, chairman of the conference’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, in a Tuesday statement called on Catholics to choose Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccine over Johnson & Johnson’s, if a choice is available.

But they added that it is “morally acceptable” for worshippers to receive any COVID-19 vaccine if no choice is available, calling getting vaccinated “an act of charity that serves the common good.”

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