Pope Francis receives coronavirus vaccine as Vatican begins rollout: reports

Pope Francis receives coronavirus vaccine as Vatican begins rollout: reports

Pope
Francis
received
his
first
dose
of
the

coronavirus
vaccine
on
Wednesday
as
the

Vatican
began
its
vaccination
campaign,
according
to reports.

The
inoculation
of
the
84-year-old
pontiff
was
first
reported
by

America,
a
U.S.-based
Jesuit
news
outlet,
and
Argentine daily
newspaper

La
Nacion,
both
citing
Vatican
sources.
It
is
believed
that
Francis
received
the
Pfizer-BioNTech
vaccine
and
will
get
a
second
jab
in
three
weeks.


POPE
FRANCIS
PRAYS
FOR
US
CAPITOL
VICTIMS,
CALLS
VIOLENCE
‘SELF-DESTRUCTIVE’

The
Vatican
has
yet
to
officially
confirm
the
pope’s
vaccination.

Retired
Pope
Benedict
XVI,
93,
also
plans
on
getting
vaccinated
against
the
virus,
according
to
media
reports.

Pope Francis told a TV interviewer on Sunday that he would receive the coronavirus vaccine this week. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)

Pope
Francis
told
a
TV
interviewer
on
Sunday
that
he
would
receive
the
coronavirus
vaccine
this
week.
(AP
Photo/Andrew
Medichini,
file)

The
Vatican’s
COVID-19
vaccine
rollout
began
Wednesday
in
the
Paul
VI
Hall
in
Vatican
City,
Matteo
Bruni,
the
director
of
the
Holy
See
Press
Office,

confirmed
in
a
statement.

The
Vatican
has
said
it
will
give
vaccine
priority
to
health
care
and
public
safety
personnel,
the
elderly,
and
those
who
come
into
contact
with
the
public
most
often.

Francis
has
been
vocal
in
his
support
of
the
vaccine,
declaring
it
an
“ethical
duty”
for
everyone
to
get
vaccinated

during
an
interview
with
Italian
TV
station
Canale
5 on
Sunday.

“I
really
don’t
understand
why
some
people
say
this
could
be
a
dangerous
vaccine,”
he
said.
“If
doctors
say
it
can
work
well
and
you
don’t
have
special
dangers,
why
not
take
it?
There
is
a
suicidal
denialism
that
I
would
not
know
how
to
explain,
but
the
vaccine
must
be
taken.”

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Francis
told
the
station
he
would
be
receiving
the
first
dose
of
the
shot
this
week.

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