Gibraltar’s minister of health has confirmed that by the end of next month, all inhabitants aged 16 and over, as well as its imported population of more than 40,000 individuals, would have been vaccinated.
The territory is recovering from a two-month lockout placed after a spike in COVID cases that left 93 people dead, almost all of them in January and February, thanks to vaccinations sent in from the United Kingdom.
People in their 20s are also being called in for their initial injections, with more than 15,000 people completely vaccinated with about 11,000 waiting for their second injection.
Non-Gibraltarians who serve in hospitals or other frontline occupations have now been vaccinated, and officials are now attempting to vaccinate the remaining cross-border staff.
More than 4,000 of Gibraltar’s 33,000 inhabitants have been poisoned, with modern virus strains and the British overseas territory’s small, high-density geography to blame.
However, the fact that too many residents live in a 2.6-square-mile (6.7-square-kilometer) area has aided Gibraltar’s active vaccine programme, with word-of-mouth aiding the implementation.
Samantha Sacramento, the Minister of Health in Gibraltar, has cautioned residents not to get too excited just yet.
Just because you’ve been vaccinated doesn’t mean you should act however you want,
However, we must return to being a little more normal, to be allowed to enjoy nature.
She went on to say,
It’s Operation Freedom, but proceed with care.
Five containers of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine arrived from London, assisting in the vaccine’s effective launch on the small British overseas region that stretches between Spain and the Mediterranean Sea’s mouth.
Gibraltarians are itching to return to Spain, but the sluggish rate of vaccination, as well as the danger faced by modern varieties, render this difficult.
Vanesa Olivero, a mother of two and a duty-free shop employee with asthma, laughed,
Please tell me when and where, and I’ll show both of my weapons.
I just want it to be done with, to go back to life, to be able to hug, kiss, and go out for drinks with my friends.
Officials have been developing contingency measures, which include boosting vaccines through a booster shot.
Schools have reopened, the nighttime curfew has been lowered from 10 p.m. to midnight, and the need to carry masks in generally low, non-commercial areas has been lifted as part of the relaxation of the lockout on the territory.
People who receive their second vaccine in Gibraltar are given vaccination cards.
It’s also working on an app that will store vaccination data and test reports, which officials want to link to other sites to help resurrect foreign tourism, which is vital to the country’s economy.