(WDEF)- Roman Catholic archdioceses in St. Louis and New Orleans have requested Catholics to attempt to stay away from Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
Taking the Johnson and Johnson covid vaccine could be viewed as “morally compromised” because it is produced using a cell line derived from an aborted fetus.
While not disputing the church’s claims that abortion-derived cell line is used in the production, Johnson and Johnson issued a statement stressing that there is no fetal tissue in its vaccine.
The New Orleans archdiocese said the decision to receive a vaccine is one of individual conscience.
However, the St. Louis statement stressed that Catholics can get that vaccine “in good conscience if no other alternative is available.”
This is something Catholic Nancy Beres agreed with.
“I think that would be a good idea to try to get the others and if that is not possible and it’s not available, certainly our health situation is severe enough and threatening enough, that you need to get whatever vaccine you can get,” said Beres.
Beres had already been vaccinated, previous to the Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine becoming available.
The Catholic Pope has come out in strong support of vaccines. This statement came out previous to the Johnson and Johnson vaccine becoming available.
According to medical experts, human embryonic have been used in the development of other vaccines for years including for polio and chickenpox.