ROME — The Vatican has insisted all its employees receive the coronavirus vaccine, threatening to demote or sack those who refuse.
Those who refuse the vaccine “without proven health reasons” make themselves liable to “consequences of different degrees that can reach up to the interruption of the employment relationship,” reads a February 8 decree from Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, president of the Governorate of Vatican City State.
The decree, made public Thursday, seems to contradict an earlier statement by the head of the Vatican’s health department, Andrea Arcangeli, who expressly said in December that the vaccination will not be mandatory for Vatican workers and residents.
A series of mixed messages regarding the moral obligation of being vaccinated have emerged from the Vatican and other Church structures over the past couple months.
In December, the Vatican’s doctrinal office (CDF) issued a formal instruction on the use of anti-COVID vaccines, in which it