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There have been high and low points on Teen Mom: Family Reunion.

Not everyone was there for the special string of "all stars" episodes.

We don’t just mean that some people came later than others, like Farrah Abraham’s disruptive arrival.

Catelynn Lowell wasn’t there, couldn’t be there.

She had intended to be … but there was just one problem: as the mother of a new baby, she couldn’t take the chance.

Newborns are not yet able to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.

Catelynn would have had to either quarantine for weeks before seeing her baby again, or potentially expose her newborn to a deadly airborne virus.

She chose wisely.

In this deleted scene, released by MTV, she explains as much to Cheyenne Floyd and Maci Bookout via video chat.