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Vatican begins administering Covid vaccine

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Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 01/13/21

Pope Francis reportedly given his first dose

The Vatican’s health ministry began administering Covid-19 vaccines on January 13, the Vatican press office announced.

America Magazine reported that according to informed sources, Pope Francis already received his first dose. There is not yet any news on if Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI also already received his first dose.

An adequate refrigeration system and suitable medical equipment have been placed in the Paul VI room in the Vatican.

Priority is being given to health care and public safety personnel, the elderly, and those persons most frequently in contact with the public.

Citizens of Vatican City State, along with employees and pensioners will have the opportunity to receive the vaccination, as will family members who are entitled to use of the Vatican health care system. The campaign is entirely voluntary. Young people under the age of 18 are for the time being excluded, as studies including this age group have not yet been completed.


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