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COVID - Vaccination Information

California Catholic Conference Statements (select link for other languages)

Vaccinate to Protect Health of Yourself and Your Community

(En Español) In partnership with the Catholic health systems and Catholic Charities throughout the Golden State, the Catholic Bishops of California urge all Californians to receive a vaccination to prevent the continued spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than two million people worldwide.

As the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has said, the vaccines now available and  offered (Pfizer and Moderna) and those currently in the testing approval/process (AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson) are morally permissible and can be used in good conscience. 

Beyond simply protecting their own health and safety, Catholics also have an obligation to protect their family, friends and community by vaccinating as soon as feasible in accordance with public health guidelines and protocols in their area.  One should always consult with their doctor regarding any personal medical concerns.

Catholic Moral Teaching and Tradition on COVID-19 Vaccines

Bulletin Announcements

Vaccination Customizable Handout - English - Spanish - Vietnamese

Combination English/Spanish Bulletin Insert from the California Catholic Conference

Useful Links

COVID, Racism and Health Disparities

  Statement from Pro-Life Catholic Scholars on the Moral Acceptability of Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines

Vatican Statements

  COVID-19 Vaccine: Resources for Church Leaders

Vatican CDF says use of anti-Covid vaccines “morally acceptable”

Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith’s Note

Statement of the Vatican Covid-19 Commission in collaboration with the Pontifical Academy for Life.

Joint Statement: California Catholic Conference, Catholic Health Systems and Catholic Charities

California Catholic Conference, Catholic Healthcare Ministries and Charities Support COVID-19 Vaccinations

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

  YouTube Video - COVID-19 Vaccines - Moral and Ethical Concerns

U.S. Bishop Chairmen for Doctrine and for Pro-Life Address the Use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine

December 2020 statement

Answers to Key Ethical Questions About COVID-19 Vaccines

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ensuring COVID-19 Vaccine Safety in the US

Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

Ensuring the Safety of Vaccines

California General Information on COVID-19

Official website for California Coronavirus

California Department of Public Health

Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

California Vaccine FAQs



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