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The pope got the COVID-19 vaccine

Both Pope Francis and former Pope Benedict received first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine

In this file photo dated Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, Pope Francis holds his pastoral staff as he arrives to celebrate Mass, at St. Peter’s Basilica.
In this file photo dated Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, Pope Francis holds his pastoral staff as he arrives to celebrate Mass, at St. Peter’s Basilica.
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Both Pope Francis and former Pope Benedict received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, CNN reports.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement that “within the vaccine program of the Vatican City State, to this date the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine has been administered to Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus.”

  • However, the statement did not say when Pope Francis and Pope Benedict were given the vaccine.
  • Both Pope Francis and former Pope Benedict are at higher risk for severe complications with COVID-19 because of their age.

Does Pope Francis support the vaccine?

Pope Francis told Italy’s Canale 5 channel broadcast on Sunday night that getting the vaccine is ethically sound, according to Axios.

  • “I believe that ethically everyone should take the vaccine. It is not an option, it is an ethical choice because you are gambling with your health, with your life, but you are also gambling with the lives of others.”