Vatican Vaccinates Homeless, Fulfilling Pope Francis’ Christmas Request

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About 25 homeless people have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Vatican. It was in done the Paul VI hall where Vatican employees, starting with the Swiss Guard, were also vaccinated.

Polish Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, was in charge of organizing the procedure.

This was the first group of homeless people to receive the vaccine. The Vatican explained that others will be coming to the makeshift hospital in the next few days to be vaccinated, fulfilling the Holy Father’s Christmas request.

“I ask everyone – government leaders, businesses, international organizations – 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 disadvantaged,” he said.

Throughout the pandemic, the pontiff has often called to not abandon people with less resources to fight the coronavirus.