Over 1,000 vaccinated in first day

| 08/01/2021 | 130 Comments
Cayman News Service
A COVID-19 vaccine shot is prepared by HSA staff member

(CNS): Fears that Caymanians would be reluctant to take the COVID-19 vaccine may have been unfounded, as people queued up at the hospital flu clinic on Friday to get the shot. The over 70s, healthcare workers and those working with travellers made up the majority of the 1,076 people who received the jab between Thursday morning and Friday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the vaccine will be on its way to the Sister Islands this weekend. Residents on Cayman Brac in the first category will be able to access the jabs at the flu clinic inside the Aston Civic Rutty Centre Medical Wing between 9:00am and 4:00pm from Sunday, 10 January, to Tuesday, 12 January. Vaccinations will be available at the Little Cayman Clinic on Wednesday, 13 January, from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

Those receiving the vaccine must wear a face-mask, present a government photo ID and sign the COVID-19 vaccine consent form. No appointment necessary. Residents of the Sister Islands with questions should call 925-1190.

On Friday there were no new positive tests among travellers in the daily results, the first time since before Christmas that a full batch of samples was all negative. There are still 46 active cases among the 1,193 people currently in quarantine and home isolation, with eleven of those suffering from symptoms of the virus.

Cayman has recorded 359 positive cases to date having carried out over 62,000 tests.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Apparently, the Bahamas want to ‘procure’ Covid vaccines from Cayman because we got them from the UK.
    What part of British Territory and Independence do they not get?

    • Anonymous says:

      Jamaica will be demanding these next as reparations for Colonial misdeeds, like giving them a system of government, infrastructure, judiciary, education system, civil service etc.

      • Jam/China says:

        Getting theirs from China who built them a new hospital. I hope they have the money to pay them back.

        • Anonymous says:

          The Chinese have a VERY generous commission system , (well known to the FCO), which means that the Jamaican beneficiaries of their largesse can easily afford any number of vaccines.

    • Anonymous says:

      They can buy their own vaccines, they are also a tax haven!

    • Anonymous says:

      Just read this in the Miami herald. Shocking they’d expect us to give them vaccines before our own population is vaccinated.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This doctor from FL was according to his wife very happy to get this.
    https://humansarefree.com/2021/01/very-healthy-56-year-old-miami-obstetrician-died-after-taking-pfizers-covid-19-vaccine.html
    Fact checkers encouraged and welcome.
    Safety for people first.

    • Anonymous says:

      They now say One in millions? Dont’ think so. Clearly, the fact that he was a specialist doctor, and knew trouble when he saw it, he was able to get further medical. The ordinary Joe turning up at his doctors “practice”, would be sent home with various antibiotics, not for him blood tests and further investigations. The GP and other medical “experts” would simply shrug off the vaccine connection, “just one of those things”, “coincidence”, would be the excuse.

      The idea was that immune system gets instructed to attack COVID virus once it recognizes it. I doubt that they didn’t expect that it could attack body’s own cells and organs. Now they know it can, though they will continue denying it..

      • Anonymous says:

        Average Joe won’t go to a doctor when he sees pinpoint rash on his body. Though average doctor is qualified to immediately recognize it as a sign of serious health issue.

        It can attack other types of cells, not necessarily platelets only.

        Time will tell how often this might happen if deaths of healthy people soon after vaccinations is properly reported.

      • Anonymous says:

        17 million vaccinations, one confirmed death.

        Hence one in millions.

    • Anonymous says:

      One don’t have to be a doctor or a scientist to realize that once immune system is programmed to “attack” a specific invader, covid19, who would guarantee that it won’t be destroying something else?
      It quite effectively completely destroyed this doctor’s platelets in just 3 days after his vaccination and continued aggressively destroying all donated platelets. Quite an effective killing mechanism is created that can’t be stopped or deactivated.
      That is why approving the vaccine as experimental was a mistake.

      • Anonymous says:

        I wonder where all the downvotes are originating from? Same place perhaps?
        Kudos to CNS.

    • Anonymous says:

      Another person was run over by a car only one week after getting vaccinated conclusively proving vaccinations are dangerous.

      • Anonymous says:

        Lol, now youre sounding like how CDC counted Covid deaths; decapitated from motorcycle accident but died of Covid.

    • Anonymous says:

      “You only hear about the one car crash, not about the millions of other people who drove to work fine.”

    • Anonymous says:

      He died 16days after the jab, he had zero platelets just 3days after. It was built to target he structure of certain cells (covid19), it could be that it targets the wrong cells in some people.

    • Anonymous says:

      4:37 pm: This is very sad. Condolences to his family.

      The CDC and other agencies are investigating and they will no doubt be offering more information on this.

  3. Da Pinch says:

    The privileged few around here will all ways get taken care of first! So sssh ya mouths and sign ya form and get ya medicine especially that consent forms because we will not tolerate or accept no responsibility for any outcomes good or bad! Alden MUST open by March come hell or high water! virus or no virus !

  4. Anonymous says:

    It is not clear to me whether under the new regulations a person living in Cayman could game the system by getting a negative Covid test from our own GT hospital on Friday then flying to Miami for a bit of weekend shopping, partying and generally getting infected, and then fly back to Cayman on Sunday using the locally issued negative test as proof that they did not get infected in Miami? Hopefully not but perhaps it needs to be explicitly clarified that the negative test needs to come from the a test facility at the point of departure. Perhaps it also needs to be clarified that for people being outside of Cayman for less than 72 hours the test needs to be one of the new day of departure tests that are available at or near Miami airport

    • Anonymous says:

      Surely they would have to do the standard 14 days quarantine when arriving back, same as any other traveler arriving from abroad, then a negative test in 14 days time and then have the bracelet released. Utterly pathetic that caymanians are hoping to do a weekend shopping in Miami any time soon anyway,,, complete,y unnecessary and risky. Stay on the island until everyone has been vaccinated (both jabs with a 3 week time frame after second jab when it means it is effective) and the world pandemic especially us and uk is not as bad.

    • Anonymous says:

      If you were infected at the weekend, the test taken prior to departure from Miami or even in Cayman airport on your return likely wouldn’t yet show up in a covid test on your return. But you’d have to quarantine – for now at least – anyway.

      • Anonymous says:

        But people could be infectious posing a risk to airport staff, border control officers and taxi drivers.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, they can.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone know the agreed Cayman timeframe for the second jab? Are we dong 3 weeks after first jab here or stretching to 12 weeks like in the UK so we get as much of the population as possible ‘first jabbed’ before administering people’s second jabs?

  6. anon says:

    The fellow that innoculated me moved the needle around once it was in may arm and it was quite painful as I believe the needle hit the bone.It is still painful today especially if I raise my arm in the air. I have little flesh on my arm and I noticed on the Miami networks many of the nurses pulled the flesh up from the arm before the injection, presumably to avoid the problem I had.

  7. anon says:

    According to the Compass 310 people recd their vaccination on Thursday, although none were scheduled apart from a few politicians and senior medical staff whose innoculations were televised live Thursday morning..Who were these priviledged people?.

    • Anonymous says:

      Lodge

    • Anonymous says:

      Jeez, calm down…

    • fly girl says:

      most hospital staff were given the chance if they wanted to get vaccinated.

    • Anonymous says:

      HSA hospital staff – those who looked after covid patients. you know the ones who were risking their wellbeing while you were at home during lockdown.

      • anon says:

        2.31pm How many Covid patients were hospitalised was it 4 or 5?.Did it need 300 staff to look after them?.Why was this not on the official vaccination schedule?.

        • Anonymous says:

          I have no problem with hospital staff being vaccinated first. However I don’t think staff from medical spas and wellness centres should be in the first stage. There should be more transparency.

        • Anonymous says:

          HSA Staff does not just consist of doctors and nurses. You need more than that to run a hospital. It’s the cleaners, the maintenance workers, security, receptionists..etc. While these groups do not directly care for patients, they do come into contact with people who visit the hospital. Thus, it’s best to give them vaccinations to protect them from the virus. Which in turn reduces the risk of an outbreak among hospital workers.

  8. Courtney Platt says:

    What level of intellect would click the “angry” button for an article giving such good news as this? Even if you’ve been misled by conspiracy theorists to believe that you should not take the vaccine, why would you not be happy that everyone else but you has been vaccinated, thus making you safer while enabling the country (and the world) to get back to work? Get on board with the goal, even if not the means to that goal! For all our sakes including your own, bite your tongue and do not discourage others from doing the right thing, even if you’re too chicken to take the jab yourself. This is science, not politics or religion.

    • Anonymous says:

      Just because people have different views on the vaccine it does not mean they are conspiracy theorists. The vaccine is most certainly controversial at any rate. Developed in record time and indemnities issued left right and centre to the big pharma. One question that has to be asked is; Is this a political solution or a scientific one? There is also an appreciable split of opinion in the medical community and academics. People have the right to be concerned. Politicians live streaming themselves to ‘assure’ it is safe is a purely political gesture. These people are not medical experts.

    • Anonymous says:

      No, this is government’s version of science. There is a difference.

  9. Anonymous says:

    This is great but I’d love to know who is monitoring this. According to an interview in the compass, the very young part-time receptionist of a wellness studio offering acupuncture and Pilates was vaccinated yesterday. Before senior citizens and actual healthcare workers.

    • Anonymous says:

      1:51 pm: All the senior citizens who turned up were vaccinated. No one was turned away.

    • Anonymous says:

      And they work with the public so why not?

      • Anonymous says:

        Lots of people work with the public that will not be vaccinated for many months. The vaccine is in short supply. It should only go to actual healthcare workers at this point. They haven’t even started vaccinating people in their sixties yet.

        • Anonymous says:

          Its not in short supply. more coming, but we have to use what we have first

          • Anonymous says:

            The vaccine is definitely in short supply. You need to look at what is going on in the rest of the world. Every country is trying to get their hands on vaccines and the UK has even resorted to only giving one jab and delaying the second jab. They aren’t going to be sending enough to vaccinate everyone anytime soon.

    • Anonymous says:

      You have no idea what, if any, health reasons she may have for getting the vaccine. She may have an immune issue, live with someone who does or have another health problem and frankly it’s none of your business.

  10. Anonymous says:

    why such a long needle ? 😮

  11. Anon says:

    I had the shot on Friday. The process was very well organized and I think HSA should be proud of how they are handling the whole thing!
    I would be very interested to know what % of the population was vaccinated, because I think we are right up there with the leading countries! I think a vote of thanks should also go to the UK for providing the vaccine for free.
    Again well done HSA, just waiting for my second jab.

    • Anonymous says:

      It wasn’t free, it was funded by UK taxpayers who weren’t consulted about it. Meanwhile we have a raging pandemic and currently over 1000 deaths per day. Vaccine now limited to one dose so we can give as many people as possible at least some protection. Our economy is in ruins, we are now in our third lockdown with schools closed and only essential shops and services operating. But let’s get Cayman’s tourism industry re-started!

      • Anonymous says:

        Can understand your little rant, but remind you that the Mother country has responsibilities towards her children.

      • Anonymous says:

        Dear Bitter Brit,

        You have no one to blame but your arrogant, racist, anti-foreigner, pro-Brexit, glad handing, war mongering conservative government led by his majesty Mr BJ.

        The fact that Cayman and other OTs ran circles around the UK and listened to their public health and science experts instead of playing politics means we locked down hard and early instead of playing footsie with disaster.

        Your attitude is why I support Caymanians who fear people like yourself who hate seeing others succeed getting access to their Parliament.

        Go home and make Britain better. Don’t be angry because we are standing soundly on our two feet and not making a mockery of
        Fighting this pandemic.

        • Anonymous says:

          Is that so? I would never have thought that.

        • Anonymous says:

          To bark at Elephant? this pug must be a real strong mug!

        • Anonymous says:

          But you are not standing on your own feet you are a parasite on the UK and their limited supplies. If you want vaccines, go and buy your own

        • Say it like it is says:

          11.23am Spoken like a true born Caymanian. I wonder if like so many of your countrymen you are two faced and have taken up the offer of a full British passport, or whether your children are taking advantage of a U.K.University education subsidised by the British taxpayer?. The comment was tongue in cheek – a bit beyond your intellect. As for access to your “Parliament” do you not see any irony in the thousands of comments on CNS from your very own descrying the rampant corruption and double standards of your “Members of Parliament”?.

        • Anonymous says:

          If “BJ” hadn’t pulled out of the EU vaccine procurement process (no doubt you whined about that at the time too) and gone ahead and ordered 100m+ shots early we’d still be waiting for our first shots 6 months from now.

        • Anonymous says:

          Standing on our own feet? LOL. So you’ll be taking the Cayman vaccine will you?

      • Anon says:

        In reply to 2:06 pm
        Just out of interest, i started work and started paying taxes as soon as i could. I also paid into NHS although i never used it the whole time i lived in the UK. I supported people who were on benefits their whole life in the UK. People who had never worked and had large families who lived on social security. So get off your high horse, a lot of expats here have paid a damn sight more into the the UK economy than a lot of freeloaders who now infest the UK! And read my post and I quote “ I think a vote of thanks should also go to the UK for providing the vaccine for free” for free to Cayman you idiot!
        Oh and by the way, we in “The Caymans” take all the heat while London one of the biggest money laundering cities in the world gets an free pass!

      • Anonymous says:

        A lot of people sure don’t like the truth!

    • Anonymous says:

      Israel has vaccinated 19.5% of its population. Our population is 65,000. Can you do the math?

  12. Anonymous says:

    I am so proud of the HSA’s efficiency at the roll out on Thursday.

    And I am very thankful to the government over all its handling of the Covid pandemic.

    I was just watching CNN where they were weighing the risks of delaying the second dose in order to cover more people, as the US and the UK are doing.

    Thank God we don’t have that issue here. The government is going by the book in giving the second dose within 21 days of the first. That is what the trials call for.

    With more than 1,000 shots so far, we have enough for fewer than 4,000 from this batch to cover first and second doses.

    I suggest that we take advantage of the opportunity ASAP so that more vaccines can be ordered as soon as possible to cover another several thousands of our population.

    Here is the link to the schedule:

    https://hsa.ky/news_events/public-health-launches-covid-19-vaccination-campaign/

    • BeaumontZodecloun says:

      Are they delaying Sister Islands, or just not on that schedule?

    • Anonymous says:

      I have read this comment twice on this thread. Why on earth do you think there will be no issues with vaccine supply? Cayman has received 5000 doses – enough to vaccinate 2500 people assuming maximum efficiency. When will the next batch come? Who knows. Supply is coming from the UK, where there is limited stock. Your comment seems to suggest that there is a limitless supply – this is clearly not the case and vaccinations should be handled carefully just as in the UK and the US.

      • Anonymous says:

        I have read this comment twice. How many vials Cayman received? Each carton has 195 vials that equals 1,000 doses. If they received 9,750 doses, that means they should vaccinate 4,875 people and keep the rest in a deep freezer for 3 weeks. Since they can’t refreeze vials, 5,000 people should be vaccinated within 5 days after transferring vials from freezer to fridge, leaving 250 doses short for the second shot.

      • Anonymous says:

        Cayman received 9,700+ vaccines. That is enough for nearly 5,000 first and second doses

      • Anonymous says:

        9:12 am: Yes, the post was inadvertently posted twice–something to do with the technology– unintentional.

        I heard the Governor assuring that additional supplies would be available locally, and all things being equal I think we will be ok. But we will have to wait and see.

        By the way, your figure for number of vaccines is incorrect — not 5,000 vaccines. It is approx 5,000 first and second doses, enough for nearly 5,000 persons to be immunized.

        The Government wants to see how that is utilized prior to organizing additional supplies — which makes sense to me, giving the handling issues and expiry date of this vaccine.

        Hang in.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Excellent news. The greater the percentage of our community that are vaccinated the safer we will all be.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Kudos to the HSA for what seems to be an impressive beginning. I’m in South Florida and the vaccine rollout out here is a shambles.

  15. Anonymous says:

    We will likely find that our vaccination certificates will become an essential part of our travel documents.

    So if we want to get on those planes for those long overdue Miami shopping trips when the border reopens we may have to get the vaccine.

    And the quicker the better so that more vaccines can come in to cover the entire population.

    In the meantime, we have a limited supply right now. Get it while it is readily available. You don’t want to have to put off that shipping trip because govt is waiting for supplies. It could happen if you don’t take the vaccine at earliest opportunity.

    • Anonymous says:

      The US allows exemptions to vaccines…..even “mandatory” ones for students. I doubt they’ll be making it mandatory. Other countries…..maybe.

    • Anonymous says:

      Does anyone know if we will get more of the Pfizer vaccine or will it be the Astra Zeneca one next time?

  16. Anonymous says:

    I was one of those who received the jab yesterday. The organization of all this was fantastic. Bravo to all those involved in the process for it is a job VERY well done indeed!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Let us know how you get on with the second dose.

    I’m sure it will be fine, still not sure why it’s needed

    • Anonymous says:

      You need two doses. That is what the scientists responsible for the trials say. Why question it?

      This is not the first vaccine that requires a booster shot.

  18. Ruud says:

    As a 72 year old male I got my shot on Friday. It is painless and it is now Saturday morning and I still feel great. There were about 100 people in front on me but I was in and out of the hospital in about 1 hour. I found it well organized. Many thanks to CNS for all the info in your library.

  19. Anonymous says:

    They need to ensure visitors are not getting our vaccines

  20. Anonymous says:

    Don’t want it? Don’t take it.

    Spreading false information eg “Ohhh that’s just a vitamin shot” makes you look dumb. Especially when the only evidence you have to back up such claims is a proven false conspiracy video off of youtube.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Can’t wait for my turn.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Keep those blue smurfs away from me!!!

  23. Anonymous says:

    Well done Cayman!

    Question. Why is the vaccine not being administered during the weekend?
    1 box = 5000 doses that have to be administered by the end of Monday. So far 1076 doses administered.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Hope Caymanians take advantage of this free vaccine like the expats in huge numbers today.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Anyone know why you have to wear a mask?

    • BeaumontZodecloun says:

      It is and has been protocol at all hospitals and airports here for several months.

    • Anonymous says:

      9:37: you have to wear a mask because we cannot be sure the virus is not out there. We are making that assumption but we don’t have a certainty that people we come across are virus free.

      Even after vaccination, we may still have to wear masks in certain situations, because it is not yet known whether the vaccine will inactivate any virus that we might breathe in and whether we could therefore unknowingly transmit.

      There will also be no way of knowing who has been vaccinated and who has not been vaccinated.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s a hospital..The protocol has never changed for doctors offices and hospitals..You need to wear your mask.. be grateful you only have to wear it when you go there.

    • Anonymous says:

      It appears that any interaction with medical staff requires the user of a mask.
      I had blood tests done and had to wear a mask while in the lab. Ditto at the doctor’s office.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful news. Cayman is indeed world class.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yea in this instance and the private firms. But civil servants and general customer service? Not so much.

  27. Anonymous says:

    great news for cayman
    ..

  28. Anonymous says:

    Can we force Jamaicans to get the jab? I know a lot and they all believe they’re messing with some crazy dangerous stuff because of some ridiculous nonsense they’ve seen on WhatsApp.

    COVID is generally worse for black people. Please, get the vaccine.

    • Anonymous says:

      The Jamaican’s BTWest leader JonJon didn’t want to take it, Alden had to step in to make sure he got vaccinated….Minister of Health…?

    • Anonymous says:

      The amount of crazy lies I hear from the Jamaican community makes me sad. They have been represented by people who want to keep them dumb and fearful.

    • Anonymous says:

      Stupid statement of the century. Didn’t know the virus could detect nationality. Every country has conspiracy theorists. Geeze

  29. Anonymous says:

    Including visitors

    • Anonymous says:

      Congratulation Govt. HSA and all involved . Getting the Covid shot was a beautifully organized speedy friendly and efficient experience .
      Thank you all concerned.

    • Anonymous says:

      I am so proud of the HSA’s efficiency at the roll out on Thursday.

      And I am very thankful to the government over all its handling of the Covid pandemic.

      I was just watching CNN where they were weighing the risks of delaying the second dose in order to cover more people, as the US and the UK are doing.

      Thank God we don’t have that issue here. The government is going by the book in giving the second dose within 21 days of the first. That is what the trials call for.

      With more than 1,000 shots so far, we have enough for fewer than 4,000 from this batch to cover first and second doses.

      I suggest that we take advantage of the opportunity ASAP so that more vaccines can be ordered as soon as possible to cover another several thousands of our population.

      Here is the link to the schedule:

      https://hsa.ky/news_events/public-health-launches-covid-19-vaccination-campaign/

    • Anonymous says:

      7:12 am: while it would be nice, we have to do the local population first. This is a limited resource for the people who live here.

    • Anonymous says:

      Aside from the fact that visitors would need to be here for another 21 days to get the second dose, and while I think in principle visitors should get their vaccine in their home country,
      I did not see anyone yesterday checking immigration status.

      That is, other than requiring a local address on the consent form.

    • Anonymous says:

      Buckingham Palace announced on Saturday that the Queen, 94, and her husband, 99, who are both in the high risk category, had been given vaccinations.

      • Anonymous says:

        Waste of good vaccines.

      • Anonymous says:

        I meant to gave mentioned that the fact that the Queen has been given the vaccine is only important in the context of her having access to the very best available medical advice. If her doctors have advised her and Prince Phillip to have the vaccine that should give us some assurance.

      • Say it like it is says:

        Who are the Neanderthals in our community who thumbed down the news that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have recd their vaccinations?.Ignorance in this country knows no bounds.

        • Anonymous says:

          Yes. A lot of ignorance especially when you have people from 130+ countries most of whom are too busy sucking on the teet to appreciate where the milk comes from.

          Rule number 1 of being a successful parasite is to not kill your host!

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s nice of them to give visitors the vaccine but they will have the opportunity to be vaccinated when they get home. There is already a limited supply so maybe save it for us here who want to be vaccinated before the border opens.

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