By John Smith • 12 August 2021 • 12:56
Arrival of an earlier batch of vaccine
Credit: Gibraltar Government
ADDITIONAL Covid-19 vaccine supplies arrived in Gibraltar as Pfizer vaccine to be offered to vulnerable and high-risk children aged between 12 and 15 years of age.
The Minister for Health, Samantha Sacramento, confirmed that the UK Government is supplying an additional 1170 doses of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to Gibraltar.
This latest supply of vaccine arrived in Gibraltar on August 11 allowing the vaccination team to offer vaccine appointments to people on the waiting list and others who may now be eligible for vaccination.
Following the recent decision by the UK Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to approve the Pfizer BioNTech for administration to high-risk/vulnerable children aged 12-15 years, and the supply by the UK, vaccines will also be made available to children over the age of 12 who are deemed vulnerable in accordance with JCVI guidelines.
Children aged 12-15 who will be offered the vaccine include those with severe neuro disabilities, immunosuppression and multiple or severe learning disabilities.
The JCVI has also recommended that children and young people aged 12 to 15 who live with an immunosuppressed person should be offered the vaccine.
The GHA has already commenced reaching out to the parents of these children through their paediatricians and has also been coordinating with the Care Agency and the Department of Education.
This latest shipment takes the total number of doses of COVID-19 vaccine supplied to Gibraltar by the UK to approximately 80,000.
Minister for Health, Samantha Sacramento, said: “I am delighted that a further consignment of vaccine is now en-route to Gibraltar from the UK. Our grateful thanks are due to the UK Government for once again supplying Gibraltar with vaccine.
“These additional doses will allow almost 600 people to benefit from the protection that vaccination brings against the risk of serious disease caused by infection with the virus that causes COVID-19.
“There are currently about 200 people on our waiting list for vaccination and we are also inviting young people who have recently turned 16 to come forward for vaccination as well as new residents in Gibraltar, cross-frontier workers in employment in Gibraltar on July 1, and people who declined vaccination during the main campaign who have now changed their mind.”
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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