Operation Freedom

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The first patients to be vaccinated at the GHA’s public vaccination centre were 100 year old Mr Beiso and 98 year old Mr Cohen.

This happened in mid-January and since then further batches of COVID-19 vaccines have arrived from the UK, courtesy of the Royal Air Force.

Since then, the Public Vaccination Centre at the former PCC has administered first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to circa 10,000 members of the public. Second doses are now underway.

Minister for Health and Care, Samantha Sacramento, commented, “The effort at the PCC to vaccinate so many members of our community in the shortest possible timeframe has been tremendous. Despite dealing with a huge volume of people on a daily basis, staff have been noted for being incredibly supportive as well as welcoming and courteous, I have received nothing but praise for their work.

‘I would like to express my gratitude to the leading team, Rose Suissa, Suzanne Romero and Suyenne Catania and their teams, for making this first part of Operation Freedom the success that it has been’.


A competition has been launched by Cultural Services to design a logo for this year’s Spring Festival.

It is open to all ages and up to two original design can be submitted.

Entries must be submitted in an A4 size on paper or card, indicating whether the orientation is portrait or landscape.

Logos should be simple in design and suitable for printing on posters, flyers, tickets or other promotional material and must contain the wording:

GIBRALTAR SPRING FESTIVAL 2021

First prize is £500 and entry forms plus full terms and conditions are available online at culture.gi 

You can also call 20067236 or email info@culture.gov.gi

Minister for Culture John Cortes said, “I really hope that the Gibraltar Spring Festival will see the beginning of the return to a happy life for the community and that, after taking the heavy blow that COVIDhas dealt us, we can begin to recover. It is unlikely that the Festival will yet see the normality that we all crave, and will have to take a different form, with much of the offer being online, but I would like to see it as a Spring of Hope and Healing, and I have no doubt that our talented artistic community will find us a logo that will say all that it has to say.”

Works can be submitted online, or if COVID-19 restrictions allow for it, handed in at the City Hall reception.

The closing date for receipt of entries is Friday 5th March 2021.


Please use GHA Services responsibly

The GHA has asked Gibraltarians to be reminded that their services are extremely stretched, and appeals for responsible use of them.

For life-threatening emergencies – call 190 for an ambulance. This type of emergency includes, but is not limited to:

Minor injuries can be treated in the Primary Care Centre. For help from a GP, call the Primary Care Centre on 20052441.

• loss of consciousness
• acute confused state and fits not stopping
• chest pain
• breathing difficulties
• severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
• severe allergic reactions
• severe burns or scalds
• stroke
• major trauma such as a road traffic accident

For urgent 24/7 medical help, call 111. A fully trained medical advisor will ask questions about your symptoms so you get the help you need.

111 should be the first port of call for advice or clarifying what to do.


Despite COVID-19, Miss Gibraltar 2021 is now open to entries.


Contestants must be aged between 17 (as at 22nd May 2021) and not more than 26 years old (as at 31st December 2021). The first 10 contestants to sign for the Pageant will each receive £500. The winner of the Pageant will represent Gibraltar at the Miss World Pageant, later on in the year.

The prizes are:

Miss Gibraltar – £2000 cash; £3500 clothing allowance; participation at Miss World 2021

1st Princess: £1000 cash; £500 clothing allowance

2nd Princess:
£500 cash; £500 clothing allowance

Entry forms are available from the Miss Gibraltar Office at the City Hall reception or John Mackintosh Hall reception at 308 Main Street.

For further information telephone 20067236 or e-mail info@culture.gi

NB, the event and arrangements are subject to change depending on the situation at the time in relation to COVID-19.

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