The Vatican has begun vaccinating homeless people in its care against COVID-19.
The Holy See press office said an initial group of around 25 homeless people received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine in the atrium of the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican.
It said those receiving the vaccine were permanently housed in the care and residence facilities of the Office of Papal Charities, the Vatican department offering charitable assistance to the poor on behalf of the pope.
Vatican News reported one man who received the vaccine, identified as Mario, said that he felt he now had “extra security.”
He said, “We thank the pope for this gift.”
Vatican News said the vaccine recipients were residents of the Palazzo Migliori, a 19th-century palace converted into a homeless shelter, and two houses near the Vatican run by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. It added that the men and women, from Italy, Georgia, and Romania, were aged 60 and over.