Pope Francis and the Honorable Pope Benedict XVI receive their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine at the Vatican.
From Vatican News
The Vatican’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign, which began Wednesday, continues with Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI receiving their first doses of the vaccine.
“I can confirm that, as part of the Vatican City State’s vaccination program, to date the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine has been given to Pope Francis and the pope emeritus,” said Matteo Bruni, director of the Holy See’s Press Office. answering journalists̵
Pope Francis announced in an interview with Italian television station Tg5 on Sunday that he plans to receive the vaccine this week.
The pope described vaccination as “an ethical act because you gamble with your health, you gamble with your life, but you also gamble with the lives of others.”
The private secretary of the honorary Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop Georg Gaenswein, also confirmed that the honorary pope will be vaccinated.