Gibraltar, a tiny British overseas territory that is home to 33,000 people, is all set to become the first nation to fully vaccinate its adult population against COVID-19.
British Health Secretary Matt Hancock congratulated Gibraltar for this success while speaking to the House of Commons, and said, “the first nation in the world to complete its entire adult vaccination program."
Hancock added, "I want to pay tribute to all Gibraltarians for their fortitude during this crisis and the kind words of first minister Fabian Picardo. The United Kingdom has played a blinder on vaccinations and we are among the beneficiaries in the British family of nations,’"
Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo, (referred by Hancock in his remarks) clarified that the territory is just "hours away" from fully vaccinating its entire population and would make that achievement soon.
Picardo told Parliament, "What I said [earlier this week] was that we will be the first nation to be fully vaccinated, not that we are. But I think we are hours away."
This tiny territory stretching between Spain and the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea has benefited from a continuous supply of COVID-19 vaccine coming from Britain, mostly the Pfizer-BioNTech jab — a two-dose vaccine for ages 16 and up.
Earlier this month, Health Minister Samantha Sacramento told the media that only 3.5% of residents over 16 rejected to take the vaccine.
Gibraltar has issued vaccination cards to people who have been fully vaccinated.