With nationwide COVID-19 vaccination efforts underway, one Texas bishop is encouraging parishioners in his diocese to wait for a vaccine with no connection to abortion, telling them to avoid the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines green-lit by the U.S. bishops’ conference last week.
“My basic recommendation to the flock here was to be very cautious about any vaccine that has connection to abortion, whatever that connection is and really to wait for ethically produced vaccines,” Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler told Crux. “I didn’t receive the vaccine. But it’s not my role to substitute my conscience for every Catholic. I’m just guiding them to be cautious and look at ethical questions of vaccines produced with a connection to aborted children and really call on these companies, these scientific research entities, to make efforts to at least provide alternatives.”