Three Vatican Swiss Guards resign after COVID-19 vaccination request – report

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ZURICH, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Three members of the Vatican Swiss Guards, the elite colourfully dressed corps that protects the pope, have determined to resign reasonably than be vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, Swiss newspaper Tribune de Geneva reported.

Following the Holy See’s implementation of latest COVID-19 measures, three Swiss guards have departed on a “voluntary” foundation, a spokesperson for the corps stated, in response to the paper. Three different recruits, hitherto unvaccinated, had determined to get a shot however have been quickly suspended till they have been totally inoculated, the spokesperson stated.

A spokesperson for the Swiss Guards didn’t instantly reply to Reuters’ request for remark.

A well being certificates displaying proof of immunity to COVID-19 has been required to enter the Vatican since Oct. 1. learn extra

The so-called Green Pass – initially conceived to ease journey amongst European Union states – exhibits that somebody has been vaccinated, examined detrimental or just lately recovered from the coronavirus.

However, the Swiss Guards, who along with the Vatican’s gendarme work in shut neighborhood to the Pope every day, have been required to indicate proof of full vaccination, versus a detrimental check.

Nearly all the guard are single males who reside in barracks simply contained in the Vatican gates. Commanders and married members reside in separate flats. All members have Swiss nationality.

Four of them examined constructive for COVID-19 in October final 12 months.

Reporting by Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi and Philip Pullella; Editing by Kirsten Donovan

New recruits of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard march in front of the tower of the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) during the swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican May 6, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile