Most Vaccinated Religious Group, New Study Finds | Catholic National Register

The Pew Research Center conducted the investigation from August 23 to 29, more than a year and a half after the start of the pandemic.

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

The survey of 10,349 American adults found that 82% of self-identified Catholics had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared with 75% of adults without religious affiliation 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.

Among major religious groups in the United States, white Evangelical Protestants had the lowest vaccination rate, with just 57% reporting having received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Pew Research Center.

The Pew Research Center conducted the investigation from August 23 to 29, more than a year and a half after the start of 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 defended the right of Catholics to refuse COVID-19 vaccines out of conscience, while encouraging Catholics to be vaccinated. Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, meanwhile, said: “[t]there is no religious exemption for Catholics to be vaccinated, ”and demanded that all diocesan employees receive a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment.

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

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has declared that the three vaccines approved for use in the United States are “morally acceptable” for use because of their remote connection to abortion, but if one has the possibility of choosing a vaccine, the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines should be preferred to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna have been tested using controversial cell lines, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been both produced and tested using cell lines.

Pew’s investigation 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 young adults, as well as those with low 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-wing independents having received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 60% of Republicans.

About half of vaccinated Americans surveyed said there was too much pressure to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and 88% of unvaccinated Americans responded similarly.

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