COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Response

View from above Creighton Hall in Omaha

Fall 2021

Read the latest COVID-19 campus guidelines as announced by the University on Aug. 30. A COVID-19 Guidance FAQ is also available, with answers to questions on vaccinations, campus and classroom procedures, exposure protocols, face coverings and more.

Testing Options

Vaccine Clinics

COVID-19 Vaccination as a Moral Responsibility

The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any aborted fetal cells. However, fetal cell lines – cells grown in a laboratory derived from aborted fetal cells collected from aborted fetuses decades ago – were used in testing during research and development of the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna), and during production of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Using these cell lines to test the effectiveness and safety of medications is common practice, and absent alternative vaccines that have no connection at all to these cell lines, the use of vaccines that were tested using these cell lines is considered acceptable by the Catholic Church due to the need to protect public health, especially those most vulnerable to COVID-19.

Current fetal-derived cell lines used to develop the mRNA vaccines, and during production of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, do not contain any tissue from a fetus.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has written that the reasons to accept the COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are sufficiently serious to justify their use, despite their remote connection to morally compromised cell lines. “In addition,” the bishops write, “receiving the COVID-19 vaccine ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community.

In this way, being vaccinated safely against COVID-19 should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good.”

It also remains noteworthy that Creighton University has historically not allowed for an immunization waiver on religious grounds for students. The safety and health of our students, the University community, and the health of all others has been the reason for this long-held institutional precedent.