Pope’s Guardsmen Resign Due to Refusing to be Vaccinated

Three members Vatican Swiss Guards, known as the security guard tasked with protecting the pope, decided to resign because he refused to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, the Swiss newspaper reported. Tribune de Geneva.

The newspaper reported on Tuesday (5/10) that a spokesman for the security forces said the three members Swiss Guards he decided to resign “voluntarily” after new diocesan rules on measures related to the spread of COVID-19 were put into effect.

The spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment by Reuters.

As it is known that since October 1, ownership of a health certificate has been enforced as one of the requirements to enter the Vatican area.

Certificate called Green Pass it was first aimed at facilitating travel between countries in the European Union. The certificate has several information in addition to being proof of whether a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19.

The certificate also shows whether the owner is confirmed to have COVID-19 disease and also whether the person has recently recovered from COVID.

The Pope's Guards known as the Swiss Guards lined up in St.  Damaso during their rapture ceremony at the Vatican on May 6, 2021 (Photo: AP/Andrew Medichini)

The Pope’s Guards known as the Swiss Guards lined up in St. Damaso during their rapture ceremony at the Vatican on May 6, 2021 (Photo: AP/Andrew Medichini)

However, for members of the Pope’s security forces, who along with the Vatican police are in close contact with the Pope, they not only need to show negative evidence of COVID-19 but also have to have proof that they have been fully vaccinated.

Nearly all members of the pope’s security forces were single men living in barracks within the Vatican area. Married commanders and members lived in separate apartments from the barracks. All members of the security forces were Swiss nationals.

Previously, four of the Pope’s security forces were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 in October last year. (rs/ah)

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