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27th January 2021, 19:35

No evidence to suggest link between deaths and vaccine says Government, as second doses to begin this weekend

There is no evidence to suggest links between deaths and vaccines administered in Gibraltar, according to the GHA.

As of Tuesday, 11,073 persons had received a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in Gibraltar. Second doses will begin this weekend.

The Gibraltar Health Authority says any suggestion of links between deaths and vaccines on social media are entirely untrue, and originate from discredited individuals and organisations.

Six people who were given the vaccine died for reasons unrelated to the vaccination. The GHA says they contracted COVID-19 before they were vaccinated but, despite testing for COVID-19 before vaccination, the infection had not been detected in them.

The Chief Minister says people should not believe the dangerous nonsense being put out on social media.

He says immunisation is the best and only strategy to safely emerge from the difficulties that the pandemic has created for nations and communities around the world.

He says in partnership with the United Kingdom, Gibraltar will turn the corner against the virus.

Administration of the second dose of vaccines is due to start this weekend with the Government expected to carry this out in the same order of priority.

Data on many people have rejected the vaccine is being collated but over 95% of the over 70 age group have taken up the offer of vaccination.

The next delivery is expected before the end of the month as planned.

In answer to GBC questions on whether Gibraltar is likely to be affected if the EU limits how many Pfizer vaccines the UK gets from now on, Public Health says that at this stage it has every reason to assume the vaccine supply will continue as planned.