Pope Francis suggested on Monday that getting vaccinated against the coronavirus was a “moral obligation” and condemned how “baseless information” has led people to oppose one of the most effective measures to save lives during the pandemic.
In a speech to the ambassadors accredited to the Holy See, Francis used some of his strongest words to date, calling for vaccination.
Francis, 85, has generally shied away from talking about vaccination as a “moral obligation”, although his COVID-19 advisors have labeled it a “moral responsibility”. Rather, Francis described vaccination as “an act of love” and refusing to be vaccinated is “suicidal”.
On Monday he went a step further and said that individuals are responsible for themselves, “and this means respect for the health of our fellow human beings. Health care is a moral obligation, ”he affirmed.
He complained that more and more ideological divisions were preventing people from getting vaccinated.
“Often times, people let themselves be influenced by the ideology of the moment, often backed up by unsubstantiated information or poorly documented facts,” he said, calling for “reality therapy” to correct this bias.