Over 400 more people receive first dose

| 16/02/2021 | 45 Comments

(CNS): There was a significant increase in people in stage two getting the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning than over the weekend. With teachers, all other essential workers and people with pre-existing conditions now invited to get the shots, 407 people were added to the tally of people who have had at least one jab, which is now inching towards 10,000.

According to the latest figures, 9,973 people have received 16,725 doses and 6,942 individuals have now had the full course. The third batch of about 15,000 doses of the vaccine arrived on the British Airways flight last week to enable public health officials here to continue the wider roll out.

Meanwhile, with no flights on Monday, there were no new cases of the virus among the latest 284 COVID-19 tests results. There are currently 29 active cases of the coronavirus among the 754 people in quarantine and isolation, none of whom are currently suffering symptoms.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I am thankful i got both doses, the airport is an excellent experience, took some panadol after the second dose as a precaution. No ill effects whatsoever.

    Thank you HSA

  2. Anonymous says:

    Many thanks for the vaccine. The more I learn about the Covid19 virus and its variants the more appreciative I am to all the providers public and private.

  3. Anonymous says:

    My word, there’s some tetchy people here. Take a trip to Honduras or Haiti and see how they’re doing with the mass vaccination rollout.

    Since the border ain’t opening anytime soon and there’s no community transmission, chill like the Pfizer vaccine. All who want it, will get it. Just be thankful you’re in the fortunate situation of being able to get it.

    • Anonymous says:

      But it won’t become readily available if they do t vaccinate anyone who wants it now. The UK will say it slowed down so we don’t need it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Can you imagine if these people had to work in Dade or Broward County where they do thousands a day? This is operated like an office in the Government Admin Building..do as little as possible for as long as possible..they are not going to get fired anyway..

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m sure Dade or Broward county would also have a greater number of facilities and staff, you know, what with them being large metropolitan areas.

      • Anonymous says:

        We have large facilities as well, the airport with lots of staff sitting around doing nothing and getting paid.

        This is not a power play anymore. Get shots into any arms that show up..Turning people away when you have people there idle and with plenty of vaccines, why not give them the shot. Sorry it’s just plain stupidity..

        The idea is to get as many people that want the vaccine to get vaccinated right away..sitting there hoping that a 60 year old will show when you could be vaccinating others, to me is a complete waste of time and is illogical..

  5. Anonymous says:

    I was told by a representative of HSA there will be no vaccinations give at the West Bay clinic for the next three weeks??????

  6. Anonymous says:

    well, the problem is not freezers, but controls. Many do doubt that vaccine handling protocols are followed, but when they ask legit questions, they remain unanswered.

    Pfizer boosters require the most stringent temperature controls. They go bad even in a freezer due to its fragility. Temperature log for freezer, temperature log for refrigerator, etc. must be maintained according to manufacturers’s instructions. Vaccines movements from refrigerators to the end user are even more important.

    People do question if exposure of refrigerated vaccines to temperatures that are outside the manufacturers’ recommended storage ranges are properly documented and what decisions were made in such cases.

    For example:
    Mixed Vaccine
    • Once mixed, vaccine can be left at room temperature
    (2°C to 25°C [35°F to 77°F]) for up to 6 hours.
    • Discard any remaining vaccine after 6 hours.
    • Mixed vaccine should NOT be returned to freezer storage.
    If a mixed vaccine was not fully used up within 6 hours, was it discarded? Who monitors that?

    In many states in the US thousands vaccines were discarded because they were exposed to temperatures that are outside the manufacturers’ recommended storage ranges.

    In Cayman it is hush hush. Members of public have the right to know that temperature controls are stringent, every movement of vaccine is properly logged. And most importantly WHO is in charge of the vaccines storage and handling.

    May be when it is all in the open and anyone willing to get a shot can review “his” vaccine movement log, from a freezer to fridge to his arm, so speak, more people would get Pfizer shots.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Is the virus taking a public holiday?

    UK has 24hr vaccination centres.
    Not saying we should do that but we could run till 9 at night and a public holiday would have been perfect to catch the stragglers.

    What you say Dr. Lee & Nurse Ratched?

    And don’t say its staffing. UK has trained lay people to give the vaccine.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you! I’ve been saying this since the rollout began! We should all have been vaccinated by now, what are we waiting for? A super spreader event?

    • Anonymous says:

      No arguments with your logic on this but there are actually very few 24/7 vaccination centres in the UK, it was a big political gesture made about the middle of last month that never panned out. It’s a lot of hype, like all the hundreds of local centres that were promised for this month but very few have actually been set up and many (most) of the venues are still sitting empty. My friends in the UK (one of whom works for the NHS) say the two regional centres in their area are working little more than normal office hours (although their local hospitals are vaccinating on 14-hour shifts Mon-Sat) and even then there have been shortages of vaccine. But in Israel they’re definitely open 24/7 and even working all through Shabbat – that’s how to do it!

      And before anyone comes back at me on this quoting stats being churned out by people like Matt Hancock, just bear in mind that the UK is heading for a round of local elections at the beginning of May and the current government seems to be turning this all into a vote-chasing numbers game rather than a public safety issue. Look at the on-going debate about re-opening the schools next week!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I went to ORIA early afternoon Monday, no lines at all, and several of the 10 vaccination stations had nurses waiting. Lots of capacity to do more (actually, a very efficient set up at ORIA for this. All staff VERY friendly and helpful. Great experience).

    Last four days of TOTAL doses from the daily government news website: 428, 316, 434, 233.

    Time to accelerate this if we want to burn off the 20,000+ doses sitting in a freezer (with more coming from the UK at some point…unless we slowpoke our current allotment).

    • Anonymous says:


      • Anonymous says:

        Because the UK initially communicated it will provide supply on the same pace with the rollout percentage in the UK, but ONLY if we can demonstrate we can maintain timely distribution here.

    • Anonymous says:

      I would go down right now to get mine but I’m not in the appropriate group yet, please CI Gov’t just open it up to any who want it, you would be vaccinating 1,000 people a day.

  9. Samtsamt@gmail.9 says:

    Yeah. Who wants it should get it after the vulnerable have received it.

    • Anonymous says:

      Over one month since we received the first batch and still waiting for some of the elderly to come forth and be vaccinated?! Wow. Seriously?!!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Is there anyone in charge over there that maybe can call radio Cayman or put something out on Facebook to let people know they can come over to the airport to get their shot. This is so ridiculous that with all the vaccines sitting there that they are only doing 400-500 a day. Are the people doing the vaccines just sitting there hoping people will show up?

    What is wrong with you people? Does anyone in authority at the HSA use common sense anymore. At his rate it will be Christmas before everyone that wants the vaccine can get it

    There obviously is no reason to limit the vaccine to stages except maybe for the second dose. Divide the lines in two at the airport, one for the second dose and one for first dose and let people go when they want. It’s that simple people..Let’s do 400 in the second dose line and another 400 in the first dose line. It
    hink you will find with the ten lines you have that you can do a lot more.

    Seriously? 400 a day???? Come on HSA..

    • Anonymous says:

      Those who wanted to get shots already got it, or actively seeking to get it.

      • Anonymous says:

        I have tried twice and both times got turned away. Both times the lines were short and the last time I went at the end of the day to see if they may have any left over as there was only about five people in line and the crabby HSA gate guarder told me to come back when it’s my turn..What the hell I was there, there were people milling about inside doing nothing and 6 people including me standing in line..

        These people don’t under common sense or they just don’t have it period. They would rather take it back to the hospital and refreeze it then to take a few seconds and stick a needle in my arm..

        • Anonymous says:

          They cant refreeze it. Once thawed, have to use in 6 hours or discard. Unless they can perfectly predict the amount to be used each day (which is impossible), there will likely always be some dosages leftover.

          • Anonymous says:

            The entire day’s supply isn’t thawed from morning. Doses are continually prepped and delivered as needed to prevent this sort of wastage.

        • Anonymous says:

          Actually, given the shellacking they got on these boards previously for letting people jump the vaccination que they have probably been instructed to make doubly sure that people don’t just turn up to get the vaccine. Though they do now clearly have a problem with public turnout. Pool old HSA can’t win for losing on this one it seems.

          • Anonymous says:

            They have to learn to walk and chew gum..Use oommon sense it you see that people are just not showing up, open it up to everyone..It will take us until Christmas at this rate..We are still at 60 and over and it’s been about a month…How many people do we have over 60?? Time to adjust the schedule HSA..The over 60’s have been vaccinated..time to move on..Let’s do a 1000 a day and get this over with..

  11. Anonymous says:

    On these figures we have at least 20,000 unused doses sitting in the freezer. At 400 people a day that’s 50 days’ supply. I assume it will not be 50 days before the UK sends a few more doses our way. Surely we can pick the pace up a bit…..

  12. Anonymous says:

    Didn’t the Governor and Dr. Lee make a lot of noise about how we were following Public Health England guidance on all things Covid?

    The UK vaccination priority list is:
    1.Residents of old age care homes and their carers
    2.Over 80 and front-line health and social care workers
    3.Over 75
    4.Clinically extremely vulnerable
    5.Over 65
    6.16-65 with at-risk health issues
    7.Over 60
    8.Over 55
    9.Over 50
    10.Everyone else

    Makes a lot of sense as “older age=higher risk of death”.
    Why then, in Cayman, are we prioritising vaccinating, irrespective of their age, every member of the civil service, every supermarket employee, every person who works for a utility company, every person who works in a hotel, bar or restaurant, every university student, every person who happens to live in the same household as someone else who has been vaccinated etc etc before we are vaccinating the over 55s or the over 50s? This makes no sense, especially when the ORIA site is apparently running at well under capacity and we have a significant vaccine stockpile. Instead of chasing down the very last unvaccinated 60 year old and pandering to the parents of 20 year old university students, how about getting some of the 50+ crowd vaccinated with at least one jab sometime before the borders reopen?

    • Anonymous says:

      Because we are NOT following the science – we are following whatever Dr Lee and/or Alden think is a good idea, and /or politically expedient. That explains why every single person in the civil service, irrespective of age or vulnerability, is a high priority, or university students who come from a demographic that has the lowest risk from the disease and will in any event not be in the local community on return unless they have gone through quarantine are a higher priority than people over 25.

      • Anonymous says:

        “Because we are NOT following the science – we are following whatever Dr Lee and/or Alden think is a good idea, and /or politically expedient. “

        Yep! Most of their Covid plan has been that way but the vaccination/reopening plan is the worst case of non-science decision-making since the pandemic started.

    • Anonymous says:

      It makes absolutely no sense because they know the vaccine protects against serious illness but not necessarily stops you from spreading the virus. CIG has said that when the borders open, people who have been vaccinated will not have to quarantine as long as they are staying in a household where everyone else has been vaccinated for this reason. A lot of the categories of people that are being vaccinated now is just to ensure that these privileged few will be able travel freely while everyone else is put at risk.

    • Anonymous says:

      The biggest risk is not going to be from a tourist infecting a supermarket worker or a dive boat operator because they only have brief encounters anyway. It’s going to be from vaccinated residents who travel to Miami or some place and then return without having to quarantine even though they are still capable of spreading the virus. They will be the ones sitting for eight hours next to people in stuffy offices etc with the very real likelihood of infecting those that haven’t been vaccinated. It would be a lot better to vaccinate based on who is at most risk of severe complications.

  13. Anonymous says:

    400 a day is too slow. The capacity at ORIA can be a multiple of this.

    This should be the plan: everyone over 60 gets their second doses after three week, then mass distribute first doses, and then wait 12 weeks for second doses like the UK for this mass group. This will give thousands of people partial protection, and start using up our supply.

    UK is not sending us anything on the 25th if we dont make a dent in the 22,000 unused doses.

    Dont let perfection be the enemy of good.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Only 400???

    Why don’t they open this up to other groups. It is so ridiculous. Are these people being paid by the day and want to stretch it out..What do they do for the rest of the day?

    • Anonymous says:

      400 a day will take 50 days to use up the 22,000 doses. Time to accelerate this. The UK will send more ONLY if we can demonstrate we can give shots out timely.

    • Anonymous says:

      Because they want you to get Covid. Bwahahahaha

    • Nona says:

      They administered 2nd doses to others for the other part of the day. They are very very busy.

      • Anonymous says:

        If ‘Very very busy” = 400 people a day and we have 55000 unvaccinated people…we have a problem.

      • Anonymous says:

        The government figures reported on Monday were 16,292 total jabs. The figures reported on Tuesday were 16,725. That is a total of 433 jabs in 24 hours. Whether these were first jabs or second jabs, it’s hardly a cracking pace. Per capita we have delivered approximately 24 jabs per 100 people. Gibraltar, another OT which is presumably being similarly supplied by the UK, has delivered 77 jabs per 100 people. Why are they able to proceed three times as quickly as us?

    • Anonymous says:

      Can you complain more please?

      • Anonymous says:

        says the one who got vaccinated on the first day because of political connections..

        I’m 54 and I want to get it..Pisses me of to see supermarket workers, civil servants and dive boat personnel getting it and I have to wait forever..something is not right…and it stinks of political corruption..

        • _||) says:

          Supermarket workers could be potential super spreaders, to yourself and to everyone else who visits a store – so everyone.

          Civil servants can potentially infect the entire government including the most senior since majority are housed in the same building. Lets see how smooth things go when 80% of the government needs to take a week off of work.

          Dive boat personnel will be the first to interact with tourists when we start opening up.

          Unkink your panties and think for a second.

          • Anonymous says:

            The vaccine protects the person that has been vaccinated from getting seriously ill but doesn’t necessarily stop them from spreading it. So the supermarket worker or dive boat operator or bartender won’t become ill if they get covid but they could still give it to someone who hasn’t been vaccinated. This is why they said that when the borders open, vaccinated people won’t have to quarantine as long as everyone in their household has also been vaccinated. People who haven’t been vaccinated will definitely be at risk.

            • Anonymous says:

              Exactly. So if we have a super spreader event and have to shut down, hopefully our hospitals won’t get clogged with people dying and our supermarkets will keep running. It’s the unvaccinated who will be more at risk then, and hopefully they’re a small number by then which would be manageable.

              • Anonymous says:

                Does this also apply to university students, bartenders, restaurant workers and dive boat operators? Sure essential services is one thing but that’s not the only people who have been prioritized before people in their fifties. And they are the ones most likely to end up in hospital.

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