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    COVID-19 Vaccination – What You Need To Know

    Catholicism and the COVID-19 Vaccine

    The Vatican’s doctrinal office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), has determined that it is “morally acceptable” for Catholics to take these vaccines against the COVID-19 Virus.  Their determination is deeply rooted in the Catholic moral tradition.  

    The CDF also said, "All vaccinations recognized as clinically safe and effective can be used in good conscience with the certain knowledge that the use of such vaccines does not constitute formal cooperation with the abortion from which the cells used in production of the vaccines derive” … “the morality of vaccination depends not only on the duty to protect one's own health, but also on the duty to pursue the common good."

    COVID-19 Recent News

    There are two new COVID-19 variants in the United States, delta and lambda.  The delta variant is two times more transmissible than the original strain and accounts for 83% of the new coronavirus cases in the United States.  Researchers found evidence the delta variant might cause greater severity per infection.  The COVID-19 vaccine works against the delta variant.

    Facts and Myths about the COVID-19 Vaccine

    If you are confused about the vaccine and whether or not it is safe, you aren't alone.  There is a lot of information and confusion about COVID-19 and the vaccine.  It can be difficult to know which sources of information you can trust.  See below for a list of common myths and learn the facts.

    Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA?
    No. COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way. Both mRNA and viral vector COVID-19 vaccines deliver instructions (genetic material) to our cells to start building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. However, the material never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept.

    Is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I would like to have a baby one day?

    Yes. If you are trying to become pregnant now or want to get pregnant in the future, you may get a COVID-19 vaccine. There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination causes any problems with pregnancy, including the development of the placenta. In addition, there is no evidence that female or male fertility problems are a side effect of any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines.

    Are there side effects to getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

    Rarely and any side effect types are like other vaccines and most symptoms last less than 24 hours. 

    Did researchers rush the development of the COVID-19 vaccine?

    No. There are many reasons why the COVID-19 vaccines was developed so quickly. Here are just a few:

    The COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna were created with a method that has been in development for years, so the companies could start the vaccine development process early in the pandemic.
    The vaccine developers didn’t skip any testing steps, but conducted some of the steps on an overlapping schedule to gather data faster.
    If I already had COVID-19, do I need a vaccine?

    Yes. People who have gotten sick with COVID-19 still benefit from getting vaccinated. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, people may be advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have been sick with COVID-19 before.

    Can receiving a COVID-19 vaccine cause you to be magnetic?

    No. Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine will not make you magnetic, including at the site of vaccination which is usually your arm.  COVID-19 vaccines do not contain ingredients that can produce an electromagnetic field at the site of your injection. All COVID-19 vaccines are free from metals.

    Do you still have more questions or would like to speak to a medical professional?

    Call parishioner Mary Houston, who works at Loyola Medicine and can connect you with an expert in the field. 

    If you are interested in getting the vaccine but are unable to drive to a vaccine location, parishioner Mary Houston can drive you. 

    Feel free to call Mary at 630-849-3909