CNA Staff, Jan 20, 2021 / 09:00 am
The Vatican began on Wednesday vaccinating homeless people in its care against COVID-19.
The Holy See press office said on Jan. 20 that an initial group of around 25 homeless people had received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine in the atrium of the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican.
It said that those receiving the vaccine were permanently housed in the care and residence facilities of the Office of Papal Charities, the Vatican department that offers charitable assistance to the poor on behalf of the pope.
The department is overseen by papal almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, 57, who was himself hospitalized with COVID-19 for 10 days last month but has now recovered.
He was pictured assisting the homeless as they waited to receive the vaccine in a video released by the Vatican.
Vatican News reported that one man who received the vaccine, identified as Mario, said that he felt he now had “extra security.”
“We thank the pope for this gift,” he said.