Everyone must take a Covid-19 vaccine on ethical grounds, Pope Francis has said, revealing he is set to receive it.
From an ethical point of view, he said, “I think everyone must take the vaccine; it’s the ethical option because you are playing with your health, life, but you also are playing with the lives of others.”
Sometime this week the Vatican expects to begin vaccinating residents and employees who have asked to be vaccinated, “and I signed up; it must be done.”
In a recent interview with Italy’s Canale 5, Pope Francis recalled that when he was a child, polio was a real threat, “and many children were left paralysed and people were desperate for a vaccine. When the vaccine came out, they gave it to you with a bit of sugar.”
“I don’t know why some people say, ‘No, the vaccine is dangerous,’ but if physicians present it to you as something that will do good, that doesn’t carry particular dangers, why not take it?” he said.
Pope Francis said he could not explain “suicidal denialism,” but “people must take the vaccine.”
Picture: Pope Francis wears a face mask for protection from Covid-19 as he attends an encounter to pray for peace in Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome on 20th October 2020. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).