A British A400M Atlas transport aircraft has delivered the first doses of the Pfizer COVID19 vaccine to Gibraltar.
Dear @RoyalAirForce, we acknowledge receipt of @pfizer vaccine for #Gibraltar! With grateful thanks to @DefenceHQ @MODGibraltar @RAF_Gib & @FCDOGovUK @Convent_Gib. Now off to @GHAWeb! pic.twitter.com/Dr6ozgVR2m
— Fabian Picardo (@FabianPicardo) January 9, 2021
According to a statement from the Government of Gibraltar:
“Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar is delighted to announce that the first delivery of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday 9 January 2021. Upon arrival, the vaccine will be immediately be taken directly to dedicated freezers in the basement of St Bernard’s Hospital and kept at -75 degrees centigrade.
This first delivery is being provided to Gibraltar by the UK Government as part of its programme to supply the Overseas Territories, as such the methodology of delivery is the same as it is in the UK.
A 5850 doses of the vaccine will be received in this first delivery. The second delivery of the vaccine is expected by the end of January. The aim to have vaccinated all over 70s with at least one dose by mid February, assuming that the vaccines arrive as planned.”
The vaccination programme for the public in Gibraltar will commence on Monday 11th January and will be at the former Primary Care Centre at the ICC.