Athens, May 31, 2021
Archimandrite Ephraim, abbot of the large and influential Vatopedi Monastery on Mt. Athos, is currently being treated for COVID at the Evangelismos Clinic in Athens.
According to a statement from the monastery, Fr. Ephraim tested positive for COVID on Friday, May 21, showing mild symptoms, after which all the brethren of the monastery were tested, while Fr. Ephraim went into quarantine, under constant medical observation.
According to the monastery, his health is stable, but he was hospitalized for precautionary reasons. Recall that Fr. Ephraim has an underlying heart condition. He suffered a heart attack in early 2019 and underwent heart surgery the next month, receiving two heart stents. Five stents had been inserted in a previous operation.
The monastery also notes that the brotherhood applied to be vaccinated in early May.
According to reports in March, Vatopedi considered the Pfizer vaccine ineffective and “inappropriate,” and was conducting its own medical research to provide other options.