Catholics and COVID-19 Vaccines

What Catholics should know about COVID-19, vaccines, and Catholic ethics. News and updates.

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The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception seen amid Saint John, New Brunswick.

New Brunswick mandates COVID vaccine pass, but Catholic dioceses take differing approaches

The Diocese of Saint John, New Brunswick has said proof of vaccination will not be required for Mass or the... Read more

Bishop William Byrne of Springfield in Massachusetts

Massachusetts bishop: Clergy can support individuals' own vaccine exemption requests

Bishop William Byrne of Springfield in Massachusetts said Tuesday that clerics in the diocese should support Catholics who themselves seek... Read more

People use hand sanitizer before entering St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican requires vaccine pass for visitors, employees

The change will go into effect Oct. 1. Read more

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Canadian archbishop: Only fully vaccinated can attend Mass

Unvaccinated Catholics barred from attending Mass in Canada's New Brunswick province, which has had fewer than 50 COVID-19 related deaths... Read more


Mexican episcopate won't cover medical expenses of priests with COVID-19 who aren't vaccinated

The financial assistance service of the Mexican bishops’ conference stated last month that it will not cover the medical expenses... Read more


Weekly COVID-19 testing a 'good' alternative to vaccine mandate, bioethicist says

As the Biden administration prepares to require COVID-19 vaccinations at many workplaces, a Catholic bioethicist urged the administration to keep... Read more


Catholics the most vaccinated religious group for COVID-19, new study shows

Catholics are the religious group most vaccinated against COVID-19 in the United States, according to a new national survey by... Read more

Bishop Kevin Sweeney of Paterson. Photo courtesy DeSales Media Group.

Paterson bishop: Vaccination exemption for clergy 'will be minimal'

Bishop Kevin Sweeney of Paterson wrote to clerics of his diocese Tuesday to ‘strongly encourage’ their vaccination against COVID-19. Non-medical... Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference from Slovakia, Sept. 15, 2021

Pope Francis on COVID-19 vaccines: ‘Even in the College of Cardinals there are some deniers’

He added that “one of these, poor guy, is hospitalized with the virus.” Read more


Judge temporarily blocks New York vaccine mandate, lacking religious exemption, for medical workers

A federal court on Tuesday granted a temporary restraining order against a New York state COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which disallowed... Read more


Unvaccinated clergy in Lexington, Kentucky barred from ministering to the sick and homebound elderly

Priests of the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 may not minister to the sick... Read more

President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the White House, Sept. 9, 2021

Catholic health ministry head decries 'unjust' federal vaccine mandate

President Joe Biden on announced a federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate for many private employers, drawing criticism from the head of... Read more

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More Catholics to see Pope Francis in Slovakia as COVID rules eased

Papal events will no longer be limited to the fully vaccinated Read more

The Slovakian flag flies at the Presidential Palace in the capital, Bratislava.

Tensions rise over COVID vaccines as bishops organize Pope Francis’ visit to Slovakia

Only fully vaccinated people will be permitted to attend papal events. Read more

Papal almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski with homeless people awaiting vaccinations in the atrium of the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican Jan. 20, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Vatican to vaccinate 1,200 people in need during Holy Week

The Vatican plans to vaccinate 1,200 people living in poverty during Holy Week with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Read more

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Vaccine hoarding, or pandemic prudence? The ethics of holding onto not-yet-approved vaccines

As the Biden administration refuses to send unused doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to other countries, ethicists discussed Catholic... Read more


USCCB: Moderna's and Pfizer's coronavirus vaccines ethically preferable to Johnson & Johnson's

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday reiterated the Vatican’s teaching on COVID-19 vaccines produced with the help... Read more

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New Orleans archdiocese: Catholics should seek ethical alternatives to Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The Archdiocese of New Orleans says that the recently-approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is “morally compromised,” and advises Catholics... Read more

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Elderly religious overlooked in Belgium’s early COVID-19 vaccination programs

A body representing religious men and women has questioned the exclusion of elderly religious from the early stages of coronavirus... Read more

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Catholic leaders urge EU to be guided by solidarity in vaccine distribution

Catholic leaders in Europe have urged the European Union to be guided by solidarity, fraternity, and social justice as it... Read more