Health workers at Catholic hospitals should be vaccinated because they are "serving people at a vulnerable time of sickness," Mercy Sr. Mary Haddad said. "The thought that they could infect someone is unconscionable."
At the annual assembly of the Catholic Health Association, its members were applauded for their work and urged to combat health disparities in this country, many of which were exposed during the pandemic.
"I feel hopeful because of the creativity we've been forced to find," said Felician Sister Desiré Findlay, a vocation outreach minister. But she also views the online chats as a stopgap until those discerning a vocation meet the sisters in person, which she said they need to do.
Since vaccines began rolling out in December, some elderly sisters have been able to get vaccinated, but not all of them. Many, who live with fellow sisters, not in assisted living or long-term care centers, are not at the top of vaccine eligibility lists. It also depends on where the sisters live and how their states are distributing available vaccinations.