Pope Francis: It Is An Ethical Obligation to Be Vaccinated for COVID-19
Christ’s Vicar on Earth has spoken: It is the duty of people to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Pope Francis was speaking to Italian news program TG5 when he made the comment.
“It’s an ethical choice, because you are playing with health, life, but you are also playing with the lives of others,” Francis told the station. “I’ve signed up. One must do it.”
The Holy Father is notoriously pro-science (he has a Chemical Technician’s diploma) and has backed medical experts on their call to get vaccinated.
Pope to Antivaxxers: ‘I Don’t Understand’
In the interview, the Pontiff commented he doesn’t understand how some people could be against vaccines.
“I don’t understand why some say, ‘No, vaccines are dangerous.’ If it is presented by doctors as a thing that can go well, that has no special dangers, why not take it?” said the Pontiff in a transcript provided to the New York Times.
He even likened vaccine refusal to suicide. “There is a suicidal denial that I wouldn’t know how to explain.”
Pope Francis’ TG5 interview is expected to air on Sunday, January 17, 2021.