The city-state argued that refusing to immunize puts public health at risk, but pledged to find alternative solutions for workers who are against the vaccine
THE Vatican approved a decree with a series of measures to face the new coronavirus pandemic. Among them is the possibility of dismissing employees who are not vaccinate against Covid-19 without proven health reasons. The decision signed by Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello on February 8 refers to a city-state law of 2011, which already provided for “responsibility and consequences”, including “termination of the labor relationship”, for those who do not submit to ” official medical exams ”. The threat of dismissal, however, led to a wave of criticism in the Italy that ended up causing the Vatican to back down in its stance on vaccination against Covid-19. The headquarters of Catholic church this Thursday, 18th, guaranteed that “alternative solutions” will be found for employees who do not want to be immunized. Despite claiming that receiving the vaccine was the “responsible choice”, Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello assured that “freedom of individual choice” will be respected.
The Vatican started on January 13 a vaccination campaign against Covid-19 among about 800 residents and more than 3,000 workers and their families. Both the Pope Francisco, 84, as the pontiff emeritus Benedict XVI, of 93, have already received the second dose of the immunizing agent developed by Pfizer in partnership with BioNTech. Before receiving the vaccine for the first time, the leader of the Catholic Church argued that the decision to be vaccinated is the most ethical one. “It is an ethical option because it concerns your life, but also that of others,” he said. Pope Francis will take a trip to the Iraq in March and all journalists who will accompany him must have been immunized against Covid-19. There were less than 30 cases of infections with the new coronavirus in the Vatican, most of them within the Swiss Guard.
* With information from EFE