God wants all people to live healthy lives. That means we have to take the time to learn about vaccinations and how they can promote our health. They are safe and effective gifts from God Himself.
Pope Francis, who has been vaccinated against the virus, has spoken about about the altruistic and health value of vaccinations amid the pandemic, which is seeing a resurgence in many countries. But today, one of the challenges of Covid-19 vaccination efforts is guaranteeing an equitable distribution of vaccines around the world. To address this situation, some Catholic-inspired institutions and companies are working to give vulnerable communities and countries better access to health resources.
The question of the use of vaccines, in general, is often at the center of controversy in the forum of public opinion. In recent months, this Congregation has received several requests for guidance regarding the use of vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19, which, in the course of research and production, employed cell lines drawn from tissue obtained from two abortions that occurred in the last century. At the same time, diverse and sometimes conflicting pronouncements in the mass media by bishops, Catholic associations, and experts have raised questions about the morality of the use of these vaccines.
I recently received an email from my former parishioner who now lives in the United States, inquiring about the morality of the COVID-19 vaccine. The lady with three children, is worried about the hospitalizations for children that are rising as COVID Delta variant surges in her country.