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 Oct. 1. A COVID-19 Guidance FAQ is also available, with answers to questions on vaccinations, campus and classroom procedures, exposure protocols, face coverings and more.

Requests for COVID-19 Supplies, PPE

Requests for COVID-19 supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) at Creighton’s Omaha campus must be made through school, college and department “facilitators.” A list of facilitators is available below. Requests will be routed for review and approval by a dean or VP. Requests for COVID-19 supplies and PPE at the Phoenix campus can be made through Kandis McCafferty, PhD, in the College of Nursing, KandiMcCafferty [at] creighton [dot] edu. Individuals are responsible for the purchase of personal hand sanitizer and other personal products.

School/College/Department Facilitator
School of Law Rick McFayden
Graduate School/College of Professional Studies Dean’s Office Renee Mixan
SPAHP Amy Wilson
College of Nursing Kandi McCafferty
CAS Will Solomon
Heider Laura Walker
Dental Winston Yapp
School of Medicine Garland Jarmon
Enrollment Management (includes Undergraduate Admissions, Graduate and adult recruitment and marketing, Financial Aid, Registrar’s Office, Business Office and AIR) Evie Madvig
Global Engagement Jo Ellen Newell
Facilities Matt McKenzie
Student Life Rob Johnson
Reinert Library Sarah Stapp
President’s Office David Barnum
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies Monica Chapeau
Highlander Monica Chapeau
Center for Faculty Excellence Mary Emmer
CIPER Amy Lounsberry
EMS Sheryl Oviatt
Athletics Steve Brace
Information Technology (MyIT) Debbie Halstrom
UCOM Chuck Coleman
Human Resources Malyn Rasmussen and Rachel Simonds
Clinical Education & Simulation Center Jan Stawniak
Public Safety Jessica Weaver
Mission and Ministry Beth Syphers
Physician Assistant Program Geri Horton
Athletics (Testing orders) Molly Trevathan
Graduate Medical Education Itzel Perez

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.