Gibraltar proves vaccination doesn’t stop COVID transmission

Anyone still clinging to the myth that the unvaccinated are responsible for spreading COVID, or that vaccination stops transmission, only needs to look at the 100% vaccinated British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar.

Gibraltar’s vaccination rate is truly world-leading:

Yet it is experiencing more cases per million than either the UK or USA:

Accordingly, Gibraltar’s government officials announced that all official Christmas parties, official receptions and similar gatherings have been canceled, while residents have been advised to avoid social contacts:

Gibraltar’s entire eligible population is vaccinated, but amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, Gibraltar officials are taking no chances with Christmas mass events.

“The drastic increase in the numbers of people testing positive for COVID-19 in recent days is a stark reminder that the virus is still very prevalent in our community and that it is the responsibility of us all to take every reasonable precaution to protect ourselves and our loved ones,” Health Minister Samantha Sacramento said.

Gibraltar, a tiny British Overseas Territory sharing a land border with Spain, has seen an average of 56 COVID-19 cases per day over the last seven days, up from fewer than 10 per day in September. The rise in cases, described by the government as ‘exponential,’ comes despite Gibraltar having the highest vaccination rate in the world.

More than 118% of Gibraltar’s population are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with this figure stretching beyond 100% due to doses given to Spaniards who cross the border to work or visit the territory every day. Gibraltar’s entire adult population has been fully vaccinated since March, and masks are still required in shops and on public transport.

Gibraltar is currently administering booster doses to the over-40s, healthcare workers, and other ‘vulnerable groups,’ and administering vaccines to children aged between five and 12.

Similarly well-vaccinated countries have also reported surges in COVID-19 infections recently.

In Singapore, where 94% of the eligible population have been inoculated, cases and deaths soared to record highs at the end of October, and have since subsided slightly.

In Ireland, where around 92% of the adult population is fully vaccinated, cases of COVID-19 and deaths from the virus have roughly doubled since August.

The good news is that Gibraltar’s high vaccination rate has kept death rates low:

Can we please stop blaming the unvaccinated for the rise in COVID cases? Vaccination is great at preventing serious illness, but does little to stop transmission.

The explosion of cases across highly vaccinated nations and NSW proves this fact.

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