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Vaccine campaign in full swing in Gibraltar as Covid-19 deaths rise

The second delivery.
The second delivery. / SUR
  • A second delivery of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived from the UK on Wednesday evening and a third is due within the next week

Chief minister Fabian Picardo issued a statement describing Monday as "our saddest day", as the number of people who died from or with Covid-19 had risen to 45.

"I am shaken to the core by the knowledge that, since I addressed Parliament just 72 hours ago, 21 of our fellow Gibraltarians have died of complications relating to Covid-19. Gibraltar has not experienced such loss of life in such a short time since the 1951 explosion of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ammunition ship, the Bedenham," he said.

Unfortunately, the situation has continued to worsen, and by Wednesday 53 people had lost their lives, although the number of infections has gradually been reducing since Gibraltar went into lockdown again on 2 January.

Picardo also said that the vaccine brought hope, and 4,875 more doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were delivered to the Rock from the UK on Wednesday evening. A further delivery of 6,825 doses is expected very shortly.

So far, over 7,000 people have been vaccinated, including frontline staff, over-65s and the clinically vulnerable, and nursing students from Gibraltar university have been fully trained to assist the Health Authority by administering the vaccine.

Despite the lockdown restrictions, some people are still failing to wear a mask when out and about in the town centre, and the Royal Gibraltar Police even took to social media to highlight the fact that one resident had been fined and taken to court for repeatedly refusing to do so, despite having no medical or other reason not to comply.