Vatican City, Jan 12, 2021 / 03:30 am America/Denver (CNA).
Pope emeritus Benedict XVI will receive the coronavirus vaccine as soon as it is available, his personal secretary said Tuesday.
Archbishop Georg Gänswein told CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German-language news partner, Jan. 12 that the 93-year-old former pope would be vaccinated “as soon as the vaccine is available.”
“I will also be vaccinated along with the whole household of the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery,” said Gänswein, referring to the Vatican monastery where Benedict XVI has lived since resigning as pope in 2013.
Vatican City will begin vaccinating residents and employees against COVID-19 in the second half of January. Dr. Andrea Arcangeli, head of the Vatican health service, said on Jan. 2 that the Vatican had purchased a low-temperature refrigerator to store the vaccine and planned to administer vaccinations in the atrium of the Paul VI Audience Hall.
“Priority will be given to health and public safety personnel, to the elderly and to personnel most frequently in contact with the public,” he said.