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?
- “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.”