“The Vatican has told employees that they may risk losing their jobs if they refuse to get a Covid-19 vaccination without legitimate health reasons.
A decree by Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, effectively the governor of Vatican City, said getting a vaccine was ‘the responsible choice’ because of the risk of harming other people.
Vatican City, at 108 acres the world’s smallest state, has several thousand employees, most of whom live in Italy… the decree said those who refuse to get a vaccination without sufficient reason would be subject to a specific provision in a 2011 law on employee rights and duties.
The article in the 2011 law says employees who refuse ‘preventive measures’ could be subjected to ‘varying degrees of consequences that could lead to dismissal’.
The decree was signed on 8 February and later posted on the website of the governor’s department.
Pope Francis is a big supporter of vaccines to stem the spread of the coronavirus…
The Vatican has made a Covid-19 vaccination obligatory for journalists accompanying Pope Francis on his trip to Iraq next month.”