A health care worker prepares a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine  (AFP or licensors)

By Vatican News

Jan 14 2021

The Vatican began its program of vaccination on Wednesday, starting with the elderly and others in high-risk categories.

Matteo Bruni, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, has confirmed that the Vatican’s vaccination campaign against Covid-19 began on Wednesday in the Paul VI Hall in Vatican City. As already noted by the Governorate’s Directorate of Health and Hygiene, priority is being given to health care and public safety personnel, the elderly, and those persons most frequently in contact with the public.

Citizens of Vatican City State, along with employees and pensioners will have the opportunity to receive the vaccination, as will family members who are entitled to use of the Vatican health care system, FAS (Fondo Assistenza Sanitaria). The campaign is entirely voluntary. Young people under the age of 18 are for the time being excluded, as studies including this age group have not yet been completed. – Vatican News