Pope Francis said on Saturday that he would be vaccinated against COVID-19, and announced everyone’s moral obligation to do so.
“I believe that ethically everyone should take the vaccine,” the pontiff told Italian television Canale 5. “This is an ethical choice because you are betting on your health, your life, but you are also betting on the lives of others.”
The Vatican is launching its vaccination program next week, and Francis has already booked an appointment, the Washington Post reported, citing a television interview.
At 84 and missing part of the lungs, the pope is considered high risk. He followed the guidelines for social distancing, but appeared before the crowds without a face mask.
In an interview broadcast on Sunday, Francis spoke positively about the vaccine ̵
“I don’t know why some will say, ‘No, the vaccine is dangerous,'” he said. “But if doctors offer it to you as something that can work that doesn’t pose a particular risk, why not take it?” There is a suicidal refusal that I would not know how to explain, but you have to get the vaccine today. “