The Vatican will vaccinate 1,200 poor and marginalized people during Holy Week, who are “the most exposed to the virus due to their condition,” announced today the Apostolic Alms, the office of the Holy See whose task is to exercise charity on behalf of the Pope .
“During Holy Week, doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, purchased by the Holy See and supplied by the Lazzaro Spallanzani Hospital, through the Vatican COVID-19 Commission, will be used to vaccinate 1,200 people among the poorest and most marginalized , which are the most exposed to the virus due to their condition,” it explained in a statement.
The vaccination will be carried out in the facilities specially designated for it within the Paul VI Hall of the Vatican and the same vaccine will be used administered to the Pope and to the employees of the Holy See.
“Doctors and health workers will be the volunteers who work permanently in the Madre di Misericordia clinic, located under the Bernini colonnade (in Saint Peter’s Square), the employees of the Health and Hygiene Directorate of the Government of the Vatican City and the volunteers of the Institute of Solidarity Medicine and the Lazzaro Spallanzani Hospital, in Rome,” is explained in the note.
With this measure, which aims to “specify Pope Francis’ appeals so that no one is excluded from the vaccination campaign against COVID-19, the Apostolic Almsgiving is once again close to the most fragile and vulnerable people,” the note indicates.
The Vatican City Health and Hygiene Directorate reserved about 10,000 vaccines from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer for its vaccination campaign among its nearly 3,000 employees and 800 residents.
Francisco, 84, received the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine last February.
“I ask everyone, the heads of state, companies, international organizations, to promote cooperation and not competition, to seek a solution for all vaccines for all, especially for the most vulnerable and needy in all regions of the planet. First of all, the most vulnerable and needy!” Said the Pope in an appeal at the end of 2020.
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