COVID Vaccinations: A Scientific and Theological Discussion
Presented by Ruth Mullowney-Agra MD and Brian M. Kane PhD
July 15, 2021 ~ 12pm – 1:30pm Central Time
Overview and Objectives
There’s been a tsunami of information relative to COVID-19 and vaccinations. Unfortunately, not all of the information is based on science. What does Catholic Social Teaching tell us about the duty to uphold the Common Good relative to public health? Does individual formation of conscience play a role in the decision to get vaccinated? This webinar explores both the science and the theology surrounding COVID-19 and vaccinations. The presentation will include pastoral guidelines for chaplains when dealing with people who are hesitant to get vaccinated.
As a result of this webinar, participants will be able to
- Explain contemporary science related to the SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, as well as the efficacy of available US vaccines (ITP2, OL1).
- Articulate Catholic theological and moral teachings supporting the importance of vaccinations (ITP2.1, ITP4.1).
- Address ethical concerns related to vaccinations (OL4).
- Demonstrate how chaplains can pastorally engage with people who are hesitant to get vaccinated (OL4.1).
NACC Certification Competencies Addressed in this Webinar
ITP2, ITP2.1, ITP4.1, OL1, OL4, OL4.1
Brian M. Kane is senior director of ethics for the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). Dr. Kane serves as a resource for CHA members, including theologians, ethicists and executives within the ministry, as well as CHA staff and other individuals and groups with shared interests. Click here for more on Dr. Kane.
Ruth Mullowney-Agra, MD received her medical degree from Saint Louis University and completed her internship and residency at Mount Carmel Health System. She then went on to complete her fellowship at The Ohio State University Medical Center. She is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease. Ruth is married to a physician and proud mother to two children, one of whom aspires to be a healthcare ethicist.