Although the Gibraltar peninsula is almost completely vaccinated, the incidence is a proud 600. A look at other statistics shows what that means exactly.
Gibraltar – Numbers don’t lie, it has been said not just since the corona pandemic. Still, it’s important to classify numbers. In Gibraltar, for example, that picturesque British overseas territory on the southern tip of Spain, around 34,000 people live. Around 78,000 doses of vaccine against the virus have so far been administered on the peninsula with its striking rock. That officially makes a vaccination rate of 116 percent – and that without a resident having received a third vaccination dose as a booster or those up to twelve year olds have been vaccinated. At the same time, the seven-day incidence * in Gibraltar was around 600 at the beginning of the week. So does the vaccination protection fizzle out for many people?
Corona numbers in Gibraltar show what the vaccination really protects against
Among other things, a look at the distribution of vaccinations sheds light on the supposed darkness. Not only the citizens of Gibraltar were vaccinated with the 78,000 vaccination doses – mainly Biontech / Pfizer. At least 8,000 Spanish commuters who work on the peninsula every day have also been immunized with it. In addition, not all people in Gibraltar are apparently double vaccinated – not even those over twelve years old. Last Sunday, the local health authorities reported 18 new infections. Ten people were already fully vaccinated – eight, according to the authorities, however, not.
The high seven-day incidence is due to the now dominant and highly contagious Delta variant * throughout Europe. The aggressive variant is able to infect people who have been vaccinated. But what does a vaccination do then? The simple answer: It provides very reliable protection against serious illnesses. And that in all age groups. As Focus Online reported, the government of Gibraltar reported a total of 304 active corona cases on Monday, 176 of which are due to the Delta variant. However, only a fraction of it still needs to be treated in hospital, very different from at the beginning of the pandemic. At the weekend it was one SZ– According to reports, nine patients, only one person in the intensive care unit.
Gibraltar: Corona scenario shows what is ahead of German citizens
And nobody dies anymore. When Chief Minister Fabian Picardo declared Gibraltar to be “Covid-free” on April 8, the small country had 94 deaths from the coronavirus. Due to the advanced vaccination strategy on the peninsula, not a single case has been added to this day. The main goal of avoiding severe courses and deaths with the vaccinations was obviously achieved – despite the high number of infections.
In addition to the fight against the Delta variant, a new race against time breaks out in Gibraltar. Many citizens received their second vaccination back in February. Several studies – including from Israel – conclude that the effectiveness of the vaccine wears off after about six months. That would be in August at the latest. That is why a third round of vaccinations will soon be necessary on the peninsula. The same, Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) is certain, will also come to German citizens sometime in autumn. * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA
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