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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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Vaccinate to Protect Health of Yourself and Your Community
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.
Catholic Moral Teaching and Tradition on COVID-19 Vaccines
The Vatican’s doctrinal office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), has determined that it is “morally acceptable” for Catholics to take these vaccines against the COVID-19 Virus.  Their determination is deeply rooted in the Catholic moral tradition. 
COVID-19 Vaccinations Start in California
Emergency room nurses and doctors as well as other high-risk frontline healthcare workers received the first of two doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in California this week. The state received approximately 33,000 doses of the vaccine and is scheduled to receive an additional 393,900 doses next week.
CA Catholic Conference, Catholic Healthcare Ministries and Charities Support COVID-19 Vaccinations
In the Gospel of Luke (5:17-26) the friends of a paralytic man bring him to Jesus for healing. The crowds are so great that they must dismantle the roof to lower their suffering friend before Jesus who then heals the paralytic. During this pandemic, we have the opportunity to serve in a similar way. It is in that spirit of friendship and solidarity, the California Catholic Conference, Catholic health care systems and hospitals in California, Catholic Charities and other health-related ministries issued the following statement:
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CA Clears COVID-19 Data Backlog
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