The Vatican may fire employees who do not get vaccinated against COVID-19 | Europe | DW

The Vatican signed a decree this Thursday (02.18.2021) that indicates that it may “end the employment relationship” of employees who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19 if they do not have “proven health reasons.”

The sanctions provided for in Article 6 refer to a 2011 Vatican law that already provided “responsibility and consequences” for city-state workers who do not undergo “official medical examinations.”

Both Pope Francis, 84, and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, 93, have already received the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

The Vatican launched a vaccination campaign last February among its nearly 800 residents and more than 3,000 employees and their families. To do this, it reserved about 10,000 vaccines from Pfizer.

“I believe that ethically everyone has to be vaccinated. It is an ethical option because it concerns your life, but also that of others,” Francisco said in an interview before receiving the first dose.

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