Pope Francis , 84, was given the coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday, according to media reports.
The news was reported by America, a US- based Jesuit news website , and by La Nacion, an Argentine newspaper, and written by journalists known to be personal friends of the pope .
The Vatican did not immediately respond to requests for comment , but the Argentine pontiff had already said he would be getting inoculated this week .
Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni only said that the Vatican’ s vaccination campaign had begun. It was expected to start this week .
On Sunday, the pope urged people to get the Covid- 19 vaccine, in an interview with Italian TV Canale 5.
“ There is a suicidal denial which I cannot explain , but today we have to get vaccinated, ” the pontiff said .