BY BRIAN FRAGA, RHODE ISLAND CATHOLIC CORRESPONDENT
PROVIDENCE — Dr. Tim Flanigan received the first of two COVID-19 vaccine doses just before Christmas. After receiving his second dose in mid-January, Flanigan had a sore arm and a minor headache that went away with a little Ibuprofen.
“Those are common side effects for vaccines,” said Flanigan, a professor of medicine at the Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University who also works in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Miriam and Rhode Island Hospitals.
Flanigan, who is also a permanent deacon at St. Theresa and St. Christopher Parishes in Tiverton, has been encouraging lay Catholics to receive the COVID-19 vaccines developed by the pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna. Based on the available scientific literature and guidance from the Vatican and U.S. bishops conference, Flanigan said those vaccines are safe, effective and morally acceptable for Catholics to receive.
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