Pope Francis mentioned Saturday he’ll get a COVID-19 vaccination and declared it everyone’s moral obligation to get one.
“I imagine that ethically everybody ought to take the vaccine,” the pontiff informed Italy’s Canale 5 TV station. “It’s an moral alternative since you are playing along with your well being, along with your life, however you’re additionally playing with the lives of others.”
The Vatican launches its vaccination program subsequent week, and Francis has already booked an appointment, the Washington Submit reported, citing the tv interview.
At 84 and lacking a part of a lung, the pope is taken into account high-risk. He has adopted social distancing pointers however has appeared earlier than crowds and not using a face masks.
Within the interview, set to air Sunday, Francis spoke positively concerning the vaccine — one thing he has been doing for months.
“I don’t know why some will say, ‘No, the vaccine is harmful,’” he mentioned. “But when medical doctors provide it to you as one thing that may work, that poses no particular threat, why not take it? There’s a suicidal denialism that I wouldn’t know easy methods to clarify, however right now you could take the vaccine.”