On Tuesday, the Minister of Health Vladimír Lengvarský conditioned his participation in the service with the head of the Catholic Church, which ended with the vaccination against coronavirus. “We also want to make the visit of the Holy Father a spiritual experience for as many people as possible,” the minister explained his decision. A valid certificate will be checked at the entrance to the event.
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Great interest is expected
On the condition of the completed vaccination, Lengvarský agreed with the President of the Conference of Bishops of Slovakia, Stanislav Zvolenský. “We were informed that from a security point of view and from the point of view of technical possibilities, this is the only real way to not radically limit the number of participants,” the daily Sme quoted Zvolenský.
The Pope’s visit is expected to arouse great interest in Catholic Slovakia, but also in the surrounding Central European countries. More than a thousand people will be allowed to attend meetings with the Pope, who will arrive in Slovakia from Budapest.
At the neighbors will be the head of the Catholic Church on 12-15. September. It will be a pastoral visit, which means that Francis will serve the services and meet the faithful. He plans to visit Bratislava, the pilgrimage site of Šaštín and the East Slovak cities of Prešov and Košice. It is in the east of the country that vaccination is lagging behind in western Slovakia and there is no interest in vaccines.
Eleven days for the first dose
In order for those who have not yet been vaccinated to attend the meeting with the Pope to meet the main pandemic condition, ie to have at least fourteen days after the second dose of vaccine, they have only 11 days left in Slovakia for the first injection due to intervals between doses. In Slovakia, the interval between the first and second dose of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines is 28 days.
In the Czech Republic, the interval for the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine is now 21 to 23 days and for the Moderna vaccine 25 to 35 days.
Pope Francis himself is a supporter of vaccination. According to him, vaccination against covid-19 is an ethical obligation and saves lives. He described the refusal to be vaccinated as suicidal. He is alone a few months after vaccination.