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Catholic Diocese of Green Bay urges Catholics to choose vaccine shot wisely

Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 10:34 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay is urging those who are considering getting the COVID-19 vaccine to weigh their options.

This, after the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops urged its congregation to steer clear of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for moral reasons.

Earlier this month, Bishops expressed concerns over how it was developed, tested and produced using aborted fetuses derived cell lines.

“It’s basically a generic cell line that can be traced back to a specific action that causes some concern for those with certain beliefs,” said Dr. Ashok Rai, President and CEO of Prevea Health.

“There is the tainting of the taking of a life, and as Catholics we don’t believe in the taking of lives and we are very much opposed to abortion,” said Father John Girotti of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. “So the challenge is, what do we do with these vaccines that do so much good, but yet have some connection there with something that is evil.”

The diocese says getting vaccinated is one way to serve the common good and are by no means against vaccinations, but are urging people to choose which one they get if they can.

“If there is an option, the vaccine with the least connection to abortion should be received,” said Fr. Girotti. “The other two vaccines on the market currently, Maderna and Pfizer, were only tested on a cell lines derived form an abortion, so there’s a difference there.”

Those in health care tell us, at this pont, they don’t even get a choice of what vaccine they will get in a given shipment, but Prevea is doing what it can to give people options.

“We want to make sure that when a patient is scheduling an appointment, they at least know what vaccination of the three they are going to receive so they can make a choice,” said Dr. Rai. “For example, March 18 is Johnson and Johnson in Green Bay and March 20 might be Pfizer in Green Bay. So, you would make your appointment on a day that you’re comfortable with the vaccine that we’re getting.”

Click here to learn how to make an appointment with Prevea.

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