Vatican to vaccinate 1,200 of the 'most vulnerable'
VATICAN CITY - The Office of Papal Charities on Friday announced that it would be providing vaccinations for 1,200 of "most fragile and vulnerable" living in Rome and the Vatican. This follows on from their vaccinations of the homeless in January (a total of 50), right at the beginning of their vaccination campiagn.
During Holy Week they will be provided with the Pfizer vaccine "purchased by the Holy See and offered by the Lazzaro Spallanzani Hospital through the Vatican Covid-19 Commission."
In their mission to vaccinate the "poorest and most marginalised people who, because of their situation, are the most exposed to the virus," the Office of Papal Charities have also asked for donations, to be given through their website, to pay for the vaccine of a vulnerable person.
Pope Francis has repeatedly encouraged everyone who can to get vaccinated, saying in his Message on the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord 2020, “I ask everyone – government leaders, businesses, international organisations – to foster cooperation and not competition, and to seek a solution for everyone: vaccines for all, especially for the most vulnerable and needy of all regions of the planet. Before all others: the most vulnerable and needy!”