Although it seems impossible, this country has vaccinated 119 percent of its population. While that figure does not add up, there is an explanation.
‘The most vaccinated country in the world’-this is a title that every country would surely want to claim in the age of the Covid-19 pandemic.
But one likely country can only boast that after its population reached 119 percent vaccinated by the end of last month.
Gibraltar, a British territory on the southern coast of Spain, has a population of only 33,679 people but is the envy of the rest of the world.
As of Sept. 30, only 1.04 percent of eligible adults had not had the Covid-19 vaccine.
According to Our World in Data, which tracks Covid-19 cases, mortality and vaccination rates around the world, the small country is at the top of the charts with a 119 percent vaccination rate.
This is despite children under the age of 12 not yet receiving their shot.
While 119 percent may not add, there is an explanation for it.
Gibraltar has exceeded the enviable 100 per cent vaccination mark because it also releases the dose to non -residents.
The territory is reported to have a large number of workers who came from Spain, who received jabs while in Gibraltar, making it part of their official census.
The Gibraltarian government has provided the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to people living in the country who are 16 or older regardless of their resident status or visa.
Health Minister Samantha Sacramento said AP that 40,000 received their shot – which is more than the country’s total population, which accuses them of having a large foreign worker.
The country has only experienced 97 Covid-19 deaths so far.
And as if you need more proof that vaccines work, all of those deaths were before the jab was even available.
For comparison, the U.S., has fully vaccinated 56 percent of the entire population – and on Saturday more than 700,000 died.
Australia is at 56 per cent fully vaccinated for over 16.
In a surprising figure, the small country has not had a Covid-19 death since Feb. 28 of this year despite the influx of delta strain around the world.
In between February and June, Gibraltar did not have even a single recorded case of Covid-19.
In mid -April, the country had administered 66,232 doses – roughly equivalent to its entire population.
However, health officials reported that 3.5 percent had not yet gotten a jab when they were eligible.
After several new cases were recorded in July when the delta strain of the coronavirus arrived on its shores, the number of anti-vaxxers has declined further.
The 3.5 percent figure dropped to just 1.04 percent, according to News News.
Gibraltar now administers at least 79,527 doses of Covid-19 vaccines so far, according to the latest data from Reuters.
The country spent a total of two months in lockdown.