Pope Francis and former Pope Benedict get COVID-19 vaccine

Pope Francis and former Pope Benedict have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni confirmed in a statement on Thursday. “To this date, the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine has been administered to Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus.”

However, the statement did not say when 84-year-old Pope Francis or his 93-year-old predecessor received the jab.

Vatican City began its vaccine programme on Wednesday in a medical center set-up inside its main Auditorium Hall, where the pontiff often holds his weekly audiences. Both men are at higher risk of contracting the virus because of their age.