(CMR) Pope Francis reportedly received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday.
There were no official words from the Vatican about the Pope being vaccinated; however, media reports said the 84-year-old was among the first set of people in the Vatican to be vaccinated on Wednesday.
Matteo Bruni, the Holy See Press Office Director, confirmed the Vatican’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout began Wednesday in the Paul VI Hall, Vatican News reported.
However, there were no words from Bruni about the Pope receiving the vaccine.
The Vatican said priority would be given to health care and public safety personnel, the elderly, and persons most frequently in contact with the public.
Pope Francis has been vocal in his support of the vaccine. In an Italian television station interview, the Pope said he believed “morally everyone must take the vaccine.”
The Vatican's doctrinal office issued a note in December declaring it was “morally acceptable” for Catholics to take vaccines against the coronavirus.
Throughout the pandemic, the Pope has called on Catholics to follow health authorities' instructions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.