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30th January 2021, 22:06

Royal Air Force delivers third consignment of Covid-19 vaccines - on Sunday morning Health Authority to start administering second doses

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has delivered a further 8,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to Gibraltar. The C-130 Hercules touched down just before 8pm on Saturday with the third consignment of the vaccine.

The Chief Minister said he would not tire of thanking the RAF, RAF Gibraltar, MOD Gibraltar, the Convent, the UK Foreign Secretary and all those who had made the delivery possible. 

Fabian Picardo said: "Now Gibraltar can start to administer our second dose of the Pfizer vaccine to our four most at risk cohorts!"

On Friday he had said he expected that the four most at risk categories and the frontliners would have their second doses in the first and second weeks of February.

MOD Gibraltar said a "tremendous effort" had once again been made by multiple agencies. "Well done to all those involved" they said on Twitter.

Further vaccine deliveries are expected in the coming weeks, said Mr Picardo "subject of course, to issues with worldwide demand".

Exactly 21 days since the Gibraltar Health Authority received the first consignment, the Royal Gibraltar Regiment and the Royal Gibraltar Police ensured the vaccines were safely delivered to St Bernard’s Hospital, where they were to be stored for the night. 

On Saturday evening Health Minister Samantha Sacramento said: "We start administering the second dose of vaccine to those who had the first dose 21 days ago tomorrow morning."

On Sunday, four hundred GHA front liners, ERS carers and residents received their second jab. 

And on Monday,  those in the highest risk category started lining up at the Primary Care Centre by appointment to get this. 

The Chief Minister says he expects the four most at-risk categories and the frontliners to have their second doses in the first and second weeks of February.

Photo: MOD Gibraltar

Photo: MOD Gibraltar

Photo: MOD Gibraltar

Photo: MOD Gibraltar

Photo: MOD Gibraltar

Photo of vaccines being unloaded at St Bernard's Hospital, posted to Twitter by Health Minister Samantha Sacramento

Photo of vaccines being stored at -70 degrees, posted to Twitter by Health Minister Samantha Sacramento