Pope Francis paid a surprise visit on Friday to homeless and poor people from Rome getting free COVID-19 vaccinations in the Vatican.
Eight hundred vaccines have been administered so far, while vaccinations are expected to reach one thousand two hundred.
This is an initiative of solidarity of the Holy See, which was supported by a large number of believers. The first homeless person to be vaccinated lives in the area of Saint Peter Square and despite some initial reservations, he overcame his fear and after the administration of the formulation, he felt only slight discomfort in his arm where he was injected.
The pope talked to doctors, nurses, citizens who were waiting their turn and monitored the vaccination process. As reported by the Italian press, in this way the call of Francis “not to exclude anyone from the vaccination campaign against Covid-19” becomes a reality.
Finally, it is reminded that due to the preventive measures against the coronavirus, this year (for the second consecutive year), the established Via Crucis that usually takes place every Good Friday at the Colosseum will not take place. All religious ceremonies in which the pope will attend will take place inside the Vatican.