Pope Francis on Wednesday said taking the coronavirus vaccine was essential, as the head of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics engages in a campaign to boost confidence in Covid-19 jabs.
“Thanks to God and to the work of many; we now have vaccines to protect us from COVID-19,” Francis said in a message for the US-based “It’s Up to You” initiative.
“They grant us the hope of ending the pandemic, but only if they are available to all and if we work together,” he said in the video, aimed at communities disproportionately affected by the virus in North, Central and South America.
“Being vaccinated is an act of love,” the 84-year old said.
“And contributing to ensure the majority of people are vaccinated is an act of love. Love for oneself, love for one’s family and friends, love for all people,” he said.