Pope Francis has once again encouraged the public to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to them, along with other members of the religious community.
In a video produced by the Vatican in collaboration with Ad Council, Pope Francis is heard saying that getting vaccinated is an act of love. “Getting the vaccines that are authorized by the respective authorities is an act of love. And helping the majority of people to do so is an act of love,” the Holy Father said. (Read: Survey Says More Filipinos Now Willing to Get COVID-19 Vaccine)
Early this year, the Holy Father has also made a statement about COVID-19 vaccinations. During his interview with an Italian news outlet, the pope said that getting inoculated is a moral obligation. “I believe that morally everyone must take the vaccine. It is the moral choice because it is about your life but also the lives of others,” Pope Francis said.
Love for everyone around us
He added that it shows our love for ourselves, our families, friends, and everyone else around us. “Love is also social and political. There is social and political love, and it is universal,” he shared. And these kinds of love, according to the pope, can be expressed in small gestures like having yourself inoculated.
“[These gestures] are capable of transforming and improving societies,” Pope Francis explained. (Read: Popes Francis, Benedict XVI Receive First Dose of COVID Vaccine)
Fellow male religious from North and South America also encouraged the public to get their COVID-19 vaccines through the video. “The heroic efforts of health professionals have resulted in safe and effective vaccines to protect the entire human family,” Cardinal Claudio Hummes O.F.M of Brazil said, “Getting vaccinated is an act of love for all, especially the most vulnerable.”
The pope and his colleagues also thanked all the healthcare workers, hospital staff, and other frontline workers who have been working non-stop since last year to help all COVID-19 patients.