Catholics the most vaccinated religious group, new study shows

Kate Olivera   By Kate Olivera for CNA

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Denver Newsroom, Sep 16, 2021 / 12:36 pm (CNA).

Catholics are the most vaccinated religious group in the United States, according to a new national survey by the Pew Research Center.

The survey of 10,349 U.S. adults found that 82% of self-identified Catholics had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 75% of religiously unaffiliated adults and 73% of White Protestants. Hispanic Catholics were slightly more likely than White Catholics to have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Of the major religious groups in the United States, White evangelical Protestants had the lowest vaccination rate, with only 57% saying they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Pew Research Center.
Pew Research Center.

The Pew Research Center conducted the survey from Aug. 23-29, more than a year and a half into the pandemic.

The figures come as U.S. Catholic bishops continue to issue policies regarding vaccine exemptions for religious reasons. Some, including Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix, have upheld the rights of Catholics to decline COVID-19 vaccines out of conscience, while also encouraging Catholics to get vaccinated. Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, meanwhile, said “[t]here is no religious exemption for Catholics to being vaccinated,” and required all diocesan employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment.

Some Catholics have raised concerns about the COVID-19 vaccines’ remote connection to aborted fetal tissue, using cell lines derived from fetal tissue of babies believed to have been aborted in the 1970s.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has said that all three vaccines approved for use in the United States are “morally acceptable” for use because of their remote connection with abortion, but if one has the ability to choose a vaccine, the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines should be chosen over the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna were tested using the controversial cell lines, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was both produced and tested using the cell lines.

Pew’s survey also found that 73% of Americans aged 18 or older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The survey found lower vaccination rates among younger adults, as well as among those with lower family incomes and those living in rural areas. Black adults are now about as likely as White adults to say they have received a vaccine, according to the survey.

Democrats were more likely to have received a vaccine than Republicans, with 86% of Democrats and left-leaning Independents having received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 60% of Republicans.

About half of vaccinated Americans surveyed said that there is too much pressure to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and 88% of unvaccinated Americans answered the same.

About half of those vaccinated Americans who were surveyed reported difficulty in making sense of information about COVID-19 vaccines. They said they still worried about possible serious health risks from the vaccine. About half of surveyed adults said that the worst of the pandemic is yet to come.


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2 Comments

  1. “Only two things are infinite, human stupidity and the universe, and I’m not sure about the universe.” – Attributed to Einstein

  2. So much for those darn aborted babies……“morally acceptable” for use because of their remote connection with abortion,……..not quite sure how the babies feel about being remotely murdered but hey if killing them helps us feel morally superior “who am I” to complain.

    Just keep wondering what God thinks of His little girls and boys being killed to be used for lab experiments…….but when we have a group of leaders who promote pachamama, pride/clown masses, the destruction of the Traditional Mass, Uncle Ted’s nephews running the show, and baby killing catholic politicians welcomed to receive Holy Communion I can understand why they think using dead baby bodies to unite us all under one vaccine is “morally acceptable”.

    And to top it all good ole Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, meanwhile, said “there is no religious exemption for Catholics to being vaccinated,” and required all diocesan employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment……so now it is required that we fill our bodies with the crushed lives of children to work for the Church……kind of an interesting thought that every employee, every single employee of the Diocese of Lexington will have the pleasure of murdered babies as the foundation of their health care.

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