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Statement on Behalf of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, on the Need for Continued Pandemic Vigilance and Vaccination

Jan. 7, 2022


We are now more than two years into a time of loss and illness, unprecedented in living memory. Everyone is weary but we must call upon our reserves to remain diligent and take every precaution to keep ourselves and communities safe. Moreover, we must respect and support the heroes among us, our health care and other frontline workers. Keeping ourselves safe keeps them safe and ensures facilities remain open to those who need them.

If you have not done so, get vaccinated and help others, particularly children to access the vaccine. Consult with your health care providers, but trust in the experience of the millions who have been vaccinated. The evidence is clear: vaccination prevents serious illness and death.

Please wear a mask every time you leave your home and inside your home if there are vulnerable individuals in your family.

Please remember that in pandemics, personal choices are not personal. You are making choices for your community and it is irresponsible to endanger others.

As Pope Francis has said, “Vaccination is a simple but profound way of promoting the common good and caring for each other, especially the most vulnerable.”

Please go to vaccines.gov for information on protecting yourself and your family, including where vaccines are available.

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine

As a faith community concerned about the sanctity of human life, the archdiocese encourages everyone to get vaccinated for the sake of their own health and the common good.

It is morally permissible to receive the COVID-19 vaccines. Pope Francis, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Cardinal Cupich have confirmed this. Christ was a healer and science and medicine heal, too. We should look at this advancement in science and development of life-saving vaccines as gifts from God.

The parable of the good Samaritan is about the importance of aiding the stranger and getting vaccinated as an act of love and charity for your neighbor.

To register for vaccination or to get more information about the vaccine, visit your local health department’s vaccination website:

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine booster

As widely reported, there has been a rise in the number of “breakthrough” COVID-19 cases involving those who were vaccinated more than six months ago. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccine breakthrough infections are expected as the vaccines are effective at preventing most [not all] infections. And even though there are breakthrough cases, the vaccines are still highly effective in greatly reducing serious cases, hospitalizations and deaths. As effectiveness of a vaccine can wane over time, the CDC, as well as national and local health departments, are encouraging people to receive a COVID vaccine booster shot. Per the Illinois Department of Public Health, “Getting a booster shot is not uncommon. This happens every year with seasonal flu vaccine.” 

The CDC currently recommends the following:

  • If you received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago, you should get a booster if you are age 18 years and older.
  • If you received the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine at least two months ago, you should get a booster if you are 18 years or older.

See the CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots webpage for additional information and FAQs, as well as the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

CDC link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html
IL Department public health link: https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccine/third-dose-booster-faqs.html

Read

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is a moral imperative – December 15, 2021 (Link)

Defend life, promote access to health care for all, pope says – September 27, 2021 (Link)

Unprecedented times – September 15, 2021 (Link)
 

Print resources

Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine (English | Spanish | Polish)

COVID-19 Vaccine Poster 11x7 (EnglishSpanish | Polish)

COVID-19 Parish Bulletin Ad – Half Page (English | Spanish | Polish)

COVID-19 Parish Bulletin Ad – Quarter Page (English | Spanish | Polish)

What you need to know about COVID-19 (English | Spanish)

What to do if you are sick with COVID-19 (English | Spanish)

Stop the Spread of Germs Poster (English | Spanish)

Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Poster (English | Spanish)

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