Vaccines are a key public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging. Studies show that the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death.
There are some limited reasons when an individual may seek exemption from being vaccinated. An individual may seek vaccination exemption if:
- receiving end of life care where vaccination is not in the individual’s best interests
- they have learning disabilities, are autistic or have a combination of impairments where vaccination cannot be provided
- they have severe allergies to all currently available vaccines
- they have had an adverse reaction to the first dose (for example, myocarditis)
In order for the Director of Public Health to process your vaccination exemption request for Gibraltar you will need to provide information stating why you are unable to be vaccinated. This documentation must state:
- Your details (name, date of birth, GHA number and your passport/ID number).
- That you understand the nature of this request, and its implications.
- You are aware that not getting vaccinated puts you at risk of Covid-19 and serious consequences from that disease, including death.
- You accept all responsibility for this decision, absolving any doctor, carer or health professional from any consequences that arise.
- You understand personal liability, and that any insurance policies (personal or business) may be declared null and void as a consequence.
You will need to liaise with your medical professional and have them submit corresponding information alongside your application (please ensure any paperwork is signed and dated).
Your application will then need to be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org and you can expect a response from Public Health in approximately 3-5 working days.