Editor’s Note: The following is a statement from the California Catholic Conference of Bishops.
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. We urge Catholics of good will to put at ease others who have reservations about the morality of accepting such a vaccine that the highest doctrinal authority in the Church has given its okay after much study and research.
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. We urge Catholics of good will to assure others who have reservations about the morality of being vaccinated that the highest doctrinal authority in the Church has assured us of the permissibility of using such a vaccine. One should always consult with their doctor regarding any personal medical concerns.