ROME — Pope emeritus Benedict XVI will receive the coronavirus vaccine as soon as it becomes available, his personal secretary revealed Tuesday.
Archbishop Georg Gänswein told the German-language Catholic News Agency (CNA Deutsch) that both he and the former pontiff will be vaccinated “as soon as the vaccine is available.”
“I will also get vaccinated together with the whole household of the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery,” Archbishop Gänswein said, in reference to the Vatican residence where Benedict XVI has lived since he resigned as pope in 2013.
In late December, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis will receive the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine in January, which will also be made available to the 800 residents and nearly 3,000 workers of the small city-state.
The vaccination will allow the pope to travel safely to Iraq in March. The vaccination will not be mandatory for Vatican workers and residents, noted the head of the