Pope Francis received the third dose of the coronavirus vaccine COVID-19, revealed the Vatican.
The Holy See announced that began supplying the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to those over 60 years of age, among which is Pope Francis, 84 years old.
“In the second half of October, the Directorate of Health and Hygiene of the State of Vatican City has begun to supply the third dose of the coronavirus vaccine, giving priority to those over sixty years of age and frail people,” he reported. today the Vatican spokesman, Matteo Bruni, in a statement.
Besides Francisco 94-year-old Pope emeritus, Benedict XVI, has also been vaccinated with the booster dose.
On February 3, Bruni confirmed that Francisco had received the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine, three weeks after the first was inoculated.
The Health and Hygiene Directorate of the Vatican City reserved about 10 thousand vaccines from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer for its vaccination campaign, which began on January 13, when the Pontiff received the first dose, among his nearly 3,000 employees and 800 residents.
As in the rest of the countries, the first to be vaccinated were health personnel and the elderly.
Pope francis He has defended on numerous occasions the importance of populations being vaccinated to protect others and in September he said that thanks to these doses the world is “little by little” returning to light “and emerging from this” ugly nightmare “of the pandemic.