Needy to Get Second Vaccination at Vatican

Vaccination Campaign Initiated During Holy Week by Apostolic Almonry

Second Vaccination
Pope Francis during his Good Friday surprise visit to Paul VI Hall

A group of 600 people, among the frailest and marginalized, will receive the second dose of the vaccination against COVID-19 in Paul VI Hall.

On Friday, April 23, the day of the Liturgical Memorial of the martyr Saint George, and Pope Francis’ Name Day, the poor will be again at the center of the Holy Father’s attention. These men and women are part of the close to 1,400 beneficiaries of the vaccination campaign, initiated during Holy Week by the Apostolic Almonry in collaboration with other associations.

In addition to receiving the vaccination, the recipients will take part in the celebration of the Holy Father’s Name Day with an anticipated surprise offered by the Pope.

The Apostolic Almonry takes this occasion to thank the many people and realities, which took part in the “Suspended Vaccine” Initiative, for their generosity, making it possible, with a small gesture of closeness, for countries to access the vaccine that otherwise would not have been able to do so.

According to a Holy See Press Office statement, Pope Francis went to the atrium of Vatican’s Paul VI Hall this morning, Good Friday, where vaccinations continue of those 1200 in need the Pontiff is having vaccinated at no cost.

The Holy Father arrived about 10:30 a.m. while vaccinations were being administered to some homeless people or others in need, who were received and being accompanied by some Roman organizations.

“The Pope’” the Vatican statement noted’ “greeted doctors and nurses, followed the procedure of the preparation of the vaccine doses, and talked with people waiting for their vaccination.”

Pope Francis, in his message on the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord 2020, appealed: “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 needy!”