Who should have the Pfizer mRNA Vaccine?

Who should have the Pfizer mRNA Vaccine?

The vaccine is recommended for all those over 80 years and those who form part of a ‘high-risk’ group. It is also recommended as part of the normal vaccination schedule for most; there are some exceptions, read more here.

Following the second recommended dose, the Pfizer vaccine has shown 95% efficacy in preventing symptomatic Covid infection and is one of the best vaccines currently available.

Figure 1: Cumulative Incidence of Covid-19 after the 1st dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine (Blue = vaccinated group and Red = placebo). Source: FDA VRBPAC Briefing Document


Administration of the vaccine will commence in stages as detailed below:

PriorityRisk group
1Residents in ERS and their carers
2All those 80 years of age and over
3All those 70 years of age and over and front-line health and social care workers
4Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5All those 65 years of age and over
6All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
7All those 50 – 65 years of age
8All those 12 – 50 years of age, resident in Gibraltar
9All those who are cross frontier workers who are entitled to free healthcare in Gibraltar