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Dry January 2021

Alcohol is linked with more than 60 health conditions, including liver disease, high blood pressure, depression, seven types of cancer; it is also the biggest risk factor for death, ill-health and disability. Current recommendations are to drink no more than 14 units per week, spread over three or more days,[…]

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Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

As of  November 9th 2020, Pfizer and BioNTech industries have announced the production of a vaccine that has passed the final ‘phase III’ of human round testing. Based on evidence from clinical trials, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was 95% effective at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 illness in people without evidence of previous infection.[…]

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COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2): New virus variants

Studies show that all viruses mutate over time and new variants emerge regularly. New variants may disappear or persist. Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been documented globally during this pandemic. The 3 variants currently include: United Kingdom (UK): variant 20I/501Y.V1, VOC 202012/01, or B.1.1.7 which has[…]

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PCR testing to detect Covid-19

PCR Testing (Polymerase Chain Reaction Testing) is commonly conducted at a certified laboratory and takes a few hours to complete with the result being reported within 1-3 days. The specimen for this test is collected via a nasal and/or throat swab and looks for genetic material that comes only from the virus. This test[…]

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I have had Covid-19, do I still need the vaccine?

The answer is ‘Yes’ Current data shows that people who have recovered from COVID-19 start to lose their immunity over time. This means that the body does not retain the protective antibodies that were produced against COVID-19 during the infection stage. It is therefore possible that an individual may contract[…]

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Will receiving an mRNA vaccine alter my DNA?

mRNA stands for messenger ribonucleic acid and can be described as ‘instructions for how to make a protein or even just a piece of a protein’. mRNA is not able to The mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine never enter the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA are[…]

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Stay Safe this Christmas

With the Christmas and New Year holiday period fast approaching, Public Health Gibraltar re-enforces its advice on staying safe by: Maintaining hand and respiratory hygiene Wearing masks/face coverings as advised Avoiding crowded areas Maintaining recommended physical distancing guidelines As with all festive bank holidays, there will be a limited number[…]

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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%[…]

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The Pfizer mRNA vaccine and allergy

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccination contains a type of Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) which can cause allergic reactions. PEGs are very widely used in several medicines such as laxatives and cosmetics such as toothpastes and skin creams; and most of the population will have been exposed to it before. In the large Pfizer/BioNTech[…]

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Guidance upon entry to Gibraltar (Covid-19 Travel Advice)

There are no current restrictions for anyone entering Gibraltar from Spain. It is possible to arrange testing if desired. For anyone registered with the Gibraltar health Authority it is advisable you take advantage of free screening tests available (every 8 weeks). The list of available swabbing services can be read[…]

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