The Vatican will require staff to feed it or succumb to the regular coronavirus on Tuesday, the city state announced that testing will begin on Friday, according to reports.
The Washington Post reports that there is currently no waiver and that those without evidence of vaccination or a negative test will be considered “unreasonably absent” and will not be paid.
Pope Francis has been vaccinated and advocated for Roman Catholics in January to get it, calling it a “moral duty”.
While vaccine mandates are hot–In the United States, where some have applied for religious exemptions, the majority of the country’s Catholics are at least partially vaccinated, the newspaper reported.
The Catholic University of Nebraska sued for rejecting religious vaccine exemptions
Earlier this month, the pope said he did not understand why some top church officials would not want the vaccine. “It’s a bit strange because humanity has a history of friendship with vaccines,” he said after his recent trip to Slovakia, according to BBC News.
He added, “Even in the College of Cardinals there are those who refuse vaccinations, but one of them, the poor man, was hospitalized because of the virus. These are the ironies of life,” referring to the American Cardinal Raymond Burke, who is skeptical about the vaccine. He has since been released from the hospital, recovering from his infection.
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A possible exception will soon be evaluated by the Vatican Department of Health.
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