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Should I get vaccinated?Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Recently, many people have been reaching out with questions about vaccines. So, I thought it would be helpful to mention some of the most common ones and try to provide some answers. -- Are there sound ...

Is mandating a COVID-19 vaccine ethical? Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Virginia State Health Commissioner, Dr. Norman Oliver, told a local news station in August 2020 that he planned to mandate COVID-19 immunizations for Virginians once a vaccine becomes available to the ...

COVID-19 vaccine mythsFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Several popular myths about COVID-19 vaccines have been gaining traction on social media in recent months, particularly in regard to messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines being developed by Moderna, Sanofi, Pfizer, ...

Tragedies in human medical experimentation Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Between 1932 and 1972, a series of highly unethical medical studies were performed on a group of 400 African-Americans by doctors from the U.S. Public Health Service. Officially referred to as the "Tuskegee ...

Spiritual lessons from the pandemicFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many of us with a great deal of uncertainty: uncertainty about how contagious the virus is and about the best way to treat it; uncertainty about how long our personal immunity ...

Accelerating vaccine development Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Creating a new vaccine and bringing it to market typically requires more than a decade of research and clinical testing. Many companies and research groups are working overtime to shorten this timeline ...

Thinking through the rationing of ventilatorsFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

When ventilators are in short supply, several key ethical principles can assist clinicians: 1. -- Ventilators should not be rationed based on categorical exclusions, such as a patient's age, disability ...

A hundred love letters Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

In a recent essay in the Wall Street Journal, Kimberly Cutter chronicled the death of her father by suicide. As he struggled with rapidly progressing prostate cancer, he lost more than 30 pounds, becoming ...