Slovakia Relents on Vaccine Requirement for Visit of Pope Francis

Slovakia Relents on Vaccine Requirement for Visit of Pope Francis


ROME, Italy — The government of Slovakia has revoked its decision to bar unvaccinated people from attending public events during Pope Francis’ upcoming visit.

The Italian ANSA news service reported Sunday that Slovakia had relented on its strict coronavirus vaccine policy “due to the low number of registrations” to attend papal events.

Until now, only Slovaks with full vaccination against the Wuhan coronavirus had been able to register for events surrounding the papal visit scheduled for September 12-15, and the number of subscribers has been “much lower than expected,” ANSA said.

In lieu of the vaccine, those wishing to attend papal events can show a negative test result or proof of having recovered from the coronavirus in the last 180 days, the same requirements needed to obtain the European Union (EU) “Green Pass.”

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Vaccinations have been less common in Slovakia than in Europe as a whole, with only

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