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Pope Francis, Ex Pope Benedict Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Pope Francis, Ex Pope Benedict Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Thursday, 14 January, 2021 - 11:30
Pope Francis arrives to lead a weekly general audience in Saint Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican April 3, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Pope Francis and ex Pope Benedict have received the first dose of a vaccine against coronavirus, the Vatican said on Thursday.

The 84-year-old pope and the 93-year-old former pope, got their jabs as part of a Vatican vaccination program that began on Wednesday.

"I can confirm that as part of the Vatican City State vaccination program to date, the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine has been administered to Pope Francis and the Pope Emeritus," spokesman Matteo Bruni said.

On Sunday, the pope urged people to get the vaccine, in an interview with Italian TV Canale 5.

"There is a suicidal denial which I cannot explain, but today we have to get vaccinated," the pontiff said.

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