Michigan Catholic bishops release statement on morality of J&J vaccine

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
Posted at 2:19 PM, Mar 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-05 14:20:36-05

MICHIGAN — Michigan’s Catholic Bishops released a statement Friday on the morality of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

It comes amid concerns that the vaccine was developed using cell lines that originated from aborted fetuses.

Though the bishops call abortion a “great evil” in their statement, they also say the vaccines developed by Johnson & Johnson and Astrazenica – the latter of which hasn’t yet received emergency authorization in the U.S. - can be accepted if no other alternative is available.

The vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna don’t pose any moral concerns, the statement said.

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Those who choose not to take the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and don’t have access to the ones from Pfizer or Moderna would still be morally responsible for taking steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Read the full statement here.