Some Catholic bishops have discouraged Church members from getting the latest, single-shot vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, when alternatives are available.
This development occurred as officials and health experts are already already getting Americans vaccinated against Covid-19.
Although, apart from the vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson, there are other alternatives like Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna are available.
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops as well as at least 6 other dioceses from across the country have released statements expressing “moral concerns” over the shot due to its use of lab-grown cells that descend from cells taken in the 1980s from the tissue of aborted foetuses, CNN reports.
On why Johnson & Johnson has become more synonymous to the Americans, the vaccine which is the third to be authorized for use in the United States, requires only one shot and can be kept at normal refrigerator temperatures, making it easy to transport.
As for Health experts, advice on the issue is that Americans should get the vaccine they are offered.
Dr. Paul Goepfert, director of the Alabama Vaccine Research Clinic, commented on the issue last month.
He said, “If people are offered the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, they shouldn’t say, ‘I don’t want it,”
“We are not in a scenario where we can pick and choose vaccines.”