The pontiff made the comments during an interview with the Italian channel Canale 5, broadcast on Sunday night.
“It is an ethical obligation to get the vaccine, here in the Vatican we will start next week, I am also on the line to get it,” he said, according to a news anchor for the channel in a preview of the interview, which was released on Saturday.
The full interview, which took place at the Santa Marta residence in the Vatican, will be broadcast on Sunday at 2.40 pm ET (8.40 pm local time), the press release said.
“I was amazed because the population of the United States, which is so disciplined in democracy … But this is a reality, even in more mature realities there is always something wrong, something in the people who take the path against the community, against democracy, against the common good.
“Thank God it exploded and we could see it well because it can be fixed, right?”
Vatican says vaccine is “morally acceptable”
Some groups suggest that coronavirus vaccines are made using aborted fetal cells. The cells are actually designed and grown in laboratories from tissue acquired many decades ago, and are not made directly from aborted fetuses.
“It is morally acceptable to receive Covid-19 vaccines that have used aborted fetal cell lines in their research and production,” said the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in a note approved by Francis.
The statement was issued and signed by the head of the congregation in response to several requests for guidance on the use of the vaccine.