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Pope Francis receives first shot of coronavirus vaccine, Vatican confirms

The Vatican has beefed up coronavirus restrictions amid a spike in cases in Italy.

Published: 14th January 2021 09:29 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th January 2021 09:29 PM   |  A+A-

Pope Francis puts on his face mask as he attends an inter-religious ceremony for peace in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, in Rome.

Pope Francis puts on his face mask during a ceremony for peace in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, in Rome. (File Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

VATICAN CITY: The Vatican has confirmed Pope Francis received the first shot of the coronavirus vaccine on Thursday.

No photos of the 84-yer-old pontiff receiving the shot have been released. The pope has advocated that everyone should get the vaccine, calling it an “ethical option” performed not only for one’s own health but for the “lives of others.”

The Vatican has beefed up coronavirus restrictions amid a spike in cases in Italy. The pope, who is missing part of one lung since a surgery in his 20s, has been saying the traditional Angelus blessing from a library in the Apostolic Palace, and not a window overlooking St. Peter’s, in a bid to prevent gatherings.

The Vatican launched its vaccination program this week, administering the Pfizer vaccine. Vatican City has had at least 27 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including a cluster among the Swiss Guards last fall.



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