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Which Vaccine Should I Receive?

  • Catherine Creticos

    Medical Director of Clinical Research at Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago and Chief of Infectious Diseases at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago

  • Hermina Nedelescu

    Scripps Research / Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (Graduate Theological Union)

  • Gayle Woloschak

    Professor of Radiation Oncology at Northwestern University

Published on: March 2, 2021
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Photo: Hermina Nedelescu

As more Covid-19 vaccines begin to be made available to the public, Orthodox Christians are asking important questions regarding vaccine safety, efficacy, the differences between the various vaccine technologies and/or which vaccine they should receive.

In a document published by the Orthodox Theological Society in America (OTSA), Drs. Hermina Nedelescu, Catherine Creticos, and Gayle Woloschak provide answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Covid-19 vaccines, including how they are made and how they work to prepare the immune system to fight the virus. The goal of the document is to provide bio-medically accurate and timely information.

Vaccination against Covid-19 has become an urgent priority because vaccinating a significant portion of the population as quickly as possible will (1) save lives, (2) reduce illness, and (3) potentially help stop the spread of the virus.

The authors of this document hope that by providing accurate and up-to-date information about Covid-19 vaccines, Orthodox Christians will be able to make informed decisions regarding vaccine options for themselves.

Read the document on the OTSA website

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  • Catherine Creticos

    Catherine Creticos

    Medical Director of Clinical Research at Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago and Chief of Infectious Diseases at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago

    Catherine Creticos, MD, Medical Director of clinical research at Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago and Chief of infectious diseases at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago.

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  • Hermina Nedelescu

    Hermina Nedelescu

    Scripps Research / Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (Graduate Theological Union)

    Dr. Hermina Nedelescu is a neuroscientist and a theologian in training. Her neuroscience research interests are concerned with the neurobiological control of abnormal behaviors and brain functions relevant to human psychopathology. Her theological research work aims at bridging the gap between scien...

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  • Gayle Woloschak

    Gayle Woloschak

    Professor of Radiation Oncology at Northwestern University

    Gayle Woloschak is Professor of Radiation Oncology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Her primary areas of research examine how radiation causes cancer, developing nanotechnology tools to image and treat cancer. Gayle holds a PhD in Medical Sciences (Microbiology) at Medical C...

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