Just 51 people added to vaccine tally

| 06/05/2021 | 61 Comments

(CNS): Just 51 more people had their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine over the last day, according to Public Health. Government is gearing up to launch a new vaccination drive at the weekend as the clock ticks on the expiration of the existing stocks of the Pfizer doses at the end of June, which means that 9 June is the last day that people can get the first of the two-shot course. 37,113 people have had at least one shot, which equates to around 57% of the entire population, but with some 7,000 more courses still in stock, health officials are urging everyone over the age of 16 to come forward.

Pregnant and breastfeeding woman are also now encouraged to get the shot after the UK updated its guidance.

“Global vaccine uptake continues to be very promising as over a billion doses have been administered worldwide to date,”said Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee. “With this comes more information and evidence that is suggesting that the COVID-19 vaccines available are safe and effective at preventing the worse outcomes from the disease. We continue to monitor the latest information as it is published and as more studies are conducted.”

He said the new guidance from the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) “is very encouraging, especially since pregnant women are much more at risk if they do get sick with COVID-19. I hope it will give confidence to women who are pregnant, or are planning to be, who can choose to take advantage of the vaccine available on-island.”

The JCVI updated guidance states that there is no known risk associated with giving inactivated, recombinant viral or bacterial vaccines or toxoids during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Since these vaccines cannot replicate, they cannot cause infection in either mother or the fetus. Clinical trials of the Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines with animals found no concerns relating to reproduction or development.

As with many medical and personal decisions during and after pregnancy, women are advised to discuss the benefits and risks of vaccination with their doctor.

Public Health reminded everyone, pregnant or not, to join the PACT Government leaders this Saturday, 8 May, at 10am at the vaccination clinic at the Owen Roberts International Airport to take up the vaccine together.

The revised hours for the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Owen Roberts International Airport on Saturday 8 May are 9am – 12pm & 1:30 – 5pm.

Vaccination clinic reminders:

  • Pfizer COVID vaccine is available to ALL persons 16 years and over (regardless of surname).
  • Bring your completed consent form for Dose 1. Visit hsa.ky to download the form here
  • Persons who have received their first dose are reminded to get their second dose 21 days later or no longer than 12 weeks after the first dose.
  • When receiving your 2nd dose, you MUST also bring along your vaccination card reflecting your 1st dose.
  • Do not laminate your vaccination card at any time.(If you have already done so, please bring your vaccination card to the ORIA Vaccination Clinic along with your photo ID.)
  • Park in the long-term parking lot.
  • Do not bring children, when possible.
  • No pets allowed at the vaccination clinic.
  • Facemasks required.
  • Persons 60 years and older will be given priority.

The public is reminded to adhere to the published schedule and plan to get the vaccine throughout the day, to limit congestion at the vaccination clinic.

For more information see the CDC guidelines here.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Public register is the way to go.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What I find so astonishing is how ‘knowledgeable’ antivaxxers, they literally are smarter than the majority of qualified doctors around the world and the hundreds of millions of people who have been vaccinated with little to no side effect. I wonder if they also shun OTC pain meds or any meds for that matter because they all come with potential harmful side effects.

    • Anti V says:

      Maybe they see issues you don’t see. And they listen to other qualified doctors you don’t know… Its always good to be humble 🙂

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks for your opinion. You can call us antivaxxers but we prefer to be called organic or non GMO. To respond to your comment we’re not smarter, we’re more skeptical. We have seen how experts have made terrible mistakes in the past (DDT, Asbestos, first polio vaccines,to name a few)). This is what’s so incredible about science, it’s never meant to be settled but always challenged, reviewed and explored. If you want to protect yourself please get the vaccine, I have decided not to for now. And, let’s open the borders.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, we do. Not even painkillers. And we eat healthy and exercise in case you were wondering.

      • Anonymous says:

        Cool. Let’s see how your refusal of painkillers works out when you’re in need of modern surgery.

        It’s amazing that the human race has access to knowledge that previous generations couldn’t even imagine. Yet here we are, having to justify vaccinations to people who don’t deserve it.

        Organic or GMO??? Grow up.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The traveling world is watching what happens with your vaccines. Is the number met? Will the border open July 1? Will the vaccines be wasted?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Bermuda announced that all unvaccinated visitors and returning residents over 17 need to quarantine for 14 days; vaccinated dont.

    Your move Mr Panton. Give people some credit for taking the vaccine.

  5. anon says:

    Offer a new Ministry Position with all the perks and ginormous salary/allowance as a raffle prize, and watch all the faithful flock to the airport.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Truly embarrassing. We have been lucky enough to be given loads of Pfizer jabs by the UK extremely early, with 20 year old caymanians being offered a jab before 50 year olds in the UK, people dying all over the world and desperate for jabs that we have, and the government are forced to offer prizes and incentives to try to get over 50% vaccinated. Shocking behaviour from a section of most likely non-expat locals. truly shocking and so embarrassing. What a disgrace Cayman. Absolutely pathetic.

    • Anonymous says:

      The average age of death from covid is over the average life expectancy.

    • Anonymous says:

      Not embarrassing at all. The sentient among the government look around them at what has happened in other countries/territories similar to ours. They had good intentions too.

      This is a changing ecoscape, constantly evolving. Cayman has protected their people. Be glad for that.

      Consider this: had the world done the same, the virus would be gone, or at least attenuated.

      • Anonymous says:

        If every country only had 60,000 people, lived on an island and could ship people off island that weren’t “locals”, remained in a bubble for a year and 2 months then maybe each country would be in the same shape. Some small towns in the US have more people than the entire population of GC.

        Be grateful. Be Caymankind. Get vaccinated (especially since the vaccines are free and available) unlike other places in the world where people are waiting weeks/months to get a jab.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Open already, those who don’t take it’s their problem!

    • Mumbichi says:

      I wonder……… are you a true citizen of Cayman, or merely an entitled would-be traveler?

      Here’s the measure: Would you risk the elderly populace of the Cayman Islands for your holiday?

      • Anonymous says:

        Mumbichi – they are definitely not from here. That’s for certain although I’m sure they will pretend and say that they are.

      • Anonymous says:

        Shouldn’t the elderly already have been vaccinated?

        • Anonymous says:

          11:57 did you take into consideration that some of them are unable to take the vaccine due to their health issues?

  8. Anonymous says:

    I was told an interesting story by a taxi driver this week.

    It seems some guy on island is said to have had the vaccine a few weeks ago, and to have been unable to achieve an erection since. Apparently this story is responsible for many people’s refusal to have the vaccine.

    If this is true, then all I can say is bring on the Covid, because we need to weed out some complete idiots from our gene pool.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Please allow people returning to get it as soon as they arrive, rather than waiting until they are done with quarantine and developing vaccine hesitancy through peer pressure!

  10. Dave says:

    Panton “Leading from the front” errr I don’t think so when many of your motley crew hadn’t had the vaccine. “For community for country” But don’t worry we’ll now throw in prizes which is sure to drive the uptake! Note to civil servants watch where those prizes go…….

    • Anonymous says:

      Would have been nice if the Leader of the PPM while congratulating and inviting his supporters out last night to party would have encouraged them to get out and get vaccinated today or any day for that matter..I guess that would have seemed like helping the PACT team rather than doing it for the benefit of our islands.

      We need to all pull together now and put the elections behind us and do what is good for everyone not just for the selected few. It’s not about PPM or PACT now. Elections are over it’s time for all of us to stop the divisive politics and work together to get our economy going again and we cannot do that without us working together and encouraging those who have not yet been vaccinated to do so. We can do this Cayman!

  11. Anonymous says:

    To those who do not want to take the vaccine – are you ok with opening the borders to those who are vaccinated? Or do you want Cayman to stay closed so that the rest of us can accommodate your “choice”?

    • Anonymous says:

      Unvaccinated and OK with opening the border. The government has the power to reopen the borders, not the unvaccinated.

    • Anonymous says:

      You make it seem like those of us who choose not to get vaccinated are protesting to keep the borders closed. We aren’t the ones with the power to close the borders, our government is. Your anger/frustration needs to be pointed in the right direction. We made a decision our what we will put in our body’s and somehow you are mad about it because a different set of people are using our choice to close the border. You can’t guilt trip us or brow beat us into submission. The more you let emotion sway your way of thinking is the less you contribute to actually getting the result you want.

      You can open the borders. I’ve made my choice based on more factors than you care to think. I’m aware of the risks and I’ve chosen the one I’m wiling to accept.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Announce an opening date for tourists to fly in and watch the numbers taking the vaccine go up. Given our living circumstances, with no community transmission and paying people to not work, provides incentives for people to not get their jab.

    • Anonymous says:

      Exactly – there are some people that do not care if the borders open because it doesn’t affect them. Also make it clear that people who are vaccinated will be able to come and go without having to quarantine. There are people out there that still do not understand that is possibility.

    • Anonymous says:

      No new vaccine deliveries are scheduled.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, because we must out the $$$$ before all else.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Set a damn opening date! Do that and people will flock to the vaccine! C’mon Panton, I thought you were better than this.

    • Anonymous says:

      July 1 or sooner should get them moving

    • Anonymous says:

      Lmao, you think opening the borders will change their minds? There are few who are holding out until an opening date. There are many who have just decided for whatever their justified reason is, that they don’t want it. It’s literally that simple, opening won’t make a difference.

    • Anonymous says:

      Albert…so us all and Wayne a favor and shut up. Yelling won’t change the outcome. The rest of the world also has Covid and been going into lockdown again and again

  14. Anonymous says:

    Take the vaccine back out into the districts. People are still having difficulty to come from the outer districts without having to take a day off work.

    Each MP should spend a day visiting their constituents to discuss with them the benefits of getting the vaccine and if they are in agreement to get it arrange the transportation or even go with them to get there shot done.

    Reach out to some of the big business and arrange lunch hours for vaccines where the HSA will come in like Public Health does in the schools and give them the vaccination right there. CUC/FLOW/CIVIL Servants/Law firms/ Banks/Dart/Fosters this would be a good start..Volunteer your company and give your employees the opportunity.

    • Anonymous says:

      people have a difficulty in traveling a few miles down the orad on this tiny rock of place????…laughable stuff…but just another day in wonderland.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Here is the way I look at it over 600K dead in the USA from Covid 19.

    California one of the worst infected states and with high amount of deaths is almost reaching herd immunity..

    This little 2 by 4 island with only 65K people can’t even reach 70%.

    If I was the government I would tell the anti vaxxers they hav until June 9 to get and then start slowly opening up the island. When one or two of the anti-vaxxers or their family contract covid and die they will realize their stupidity.

    Lastly, anyone that wants a vaccine after June 9 should be made to go to one of the private hospital and pay for it.

    The insurance companies should except for those that have medical conditions and can’t take the vaccine, put a premium on those who don’t have their vaccine when renewing their policies.

    I know this all sounds difficult but lets face it with still have these ignorant people out their that don’t understand that the vaccine is not the cure all but will lessen the effects of the virus should you get it. There are also those on social media and to be honest some wher people Caymanians and expats alike that continue this conspiracy theory of the government inject tracking chips in your arm. Let’s not forget the other one that the covid 19 vaccine was only developed last year when this was something that had been working in trial for many years but only accelerated because of a worldwide emergency. These people want to wait ten years to see what the side effect are..Well I can tell them that the side effects of covid is death..

    Over a billion people have been vaccinated all over the world. They have little cases of side effects vs millions of cases of death from those who have contracted covid.

    Those people who say they want to keep the borders closed, want to wait ten years for proof that we won’t grow horns and any other other conspiracy theories will come through really need to do their research and I am not talking Fox News or following other Trump supporters. As far as Trump Supporters, please remember that the god you idolize if Trump and his wife have been vaccinated. He is another Jim Jones, and you have to stop drinking the Kool Aid.

    • Anonymous says:

      Good Suggestions! I’m unvaccinated and I’d be glad to accept responsibility for my decision NOT to get the vaccine. The first step for me has been to clean up my diet, exercise regularly, quit drinking/smoking and boost my immune system(Vitamin C, D, Zinc to name a few).
      I’m comfortable with the survival rate, those who are not should by all means get the vaccine. Open the borders.

      • Anonymous says:

        9:43, Logical plan! I love that some people can still understand personal responsibility and put thought into making decisions. So many are operating purely on fear. I have had my vaccine (have high-risk relatives) but I think each person should make an educated decision based on personal circumstances. Along with the decision to get jab or not, is the willingness to assess/accept risk. You’ve done both! 👍

    • Anonymous says:

      Such an ignorant comment. This is a democracy and human rights have to be protected. If you force people to have the vaccine like you suggest, then where do we stop? Lets refuse to insure obese people, those who drink alcohol, smokers etc.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Why dont we offer it to returnees as they arrive, instead of making them go through quarantine and then return to the airport with its wacky opening hours for the jab!!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Your body, your choice.

    My medical insurance company, my premiums.

    I (me, myself, my choice alone) do not want MY insurance premiums to go up because MY insurance company was required to provide COVID related healthcare to an individual that did not take up the very generous offer of the CIG to provide vaccinations to all of us.

    You don’t want it? You don’t believe in it? Say it LOUD! Sign a waiver voiding your health care.

    I will respect YOUR choice.

    • Sid Sarcastic says:

      Anti-vaxers probably eat such healthy diets that their super immune systems even protect them from all that science mumbo jumbo. Doesn’t do much for their common sense and consideration for their fellow human beings though.

      • Anonymous says:

        yes, you are the pinnacle of altruism. Everyone else is just trying to kill the vulnerable because we don’t come to the same conclusion you do.

    • Anonymous says:

      Same here, I don’t want my premium to increase because of treating, obese people for heart disease, smokers etc, people who don’t exercise etc., who should all be made to sign a waiver voiding their healthcare

      • Anonymous says:

        Your premium is going to go up because of the cartel we have called heath insurance not from covid lol

    • Anonymous says:

      News flash 9:13 the world does not revolve around you, pet. No one needs to sign a waiver to void the healthcare that they pay so much for just to suit you.

      Settle down now love. Shh shh, it will all be okay

  18. Anonymous says:


  19. Anonymous says:

    Was this an intended or unintended consequence to the come and meet the politicians event on Saturday?

    Hopefully the government will do more than hold a raffle. Research into how to increase vaccine uptake in the US was published today with CNN reporting the following highlights a number of factors that are probably at play in Cayman as well:

    “Incentives, conveniences and requirements — such as cash, workplace clinics and mandatory shots before travel or large events — could be effective ways to encourage more people to get Covid-19 vaccines, according to data published Thursday by Kaiser Family Foundation.

    Three in 10 adults who don’t want to get vaccinated immediately — including nearly half of those who want to “wait and see” — said that they would be more likely to get vaccinated if it was offered to them somewhere they normally go for health care or if they only needed one dose, according to the poll, which was conducted April 15 to 29 and made up of 2,097 US adults.

    Other reasons that made people more likely to get vaccinated were if it was required to fly on a plane, to travel internationally or to attend large gatherings like sports events. At least a quarter of people who aren’t ready to get the vaccine straight away said that these reasons would make it more likely that they got vaccinated.

    Workplaces could also play a part.

    In adults who were not ready to get vaccinated right away, 28% said that paid time off to get the vaccine and recover from side effects would make them more likely to get vaccinated. About a quarter said that being offered a financial incentive of $200 would make them more likely to get vaccinated. And 2 in 10 said that having their employer arrange for them to get the vaccine at work would make them more likely.

    For the “wait and see” group, 47% said paid time off would make them more likely to get the vaccine, 39% said the financial incentive would work and 32% said being able to get their vaccine at their workplace would make them more likely to get the vaccine.”

  20. Mumbichi says:

    Most people have lost the desire for critical thinking and conducting their own research. Fine. Open it all up, so we can regretfully discover that which other places have.

    This is an ever-evolving situation and it will take years to course throughout the world. We will be judged along with the rest on our patience and our resolve.

  21. Anonymous says:

    The Dump is burning again!

    Save yourself from covid so you could die from cancer. Only in Cayman! 🤯

  22. Anonymous says:

    The new government already falling flat on its face. Their 1st big press briefing then they go and botch it. You only get one first impression and they are not off to a good start…

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah, they just think they are high and mighty celebrities that everyone must come and crowd around and act as if they are gods or something! Shameful that the minister of health now only just decided to take it lately and ‘Mr Model show off’ just deciding to take now! The entire new government are just arrogant, vane and ignorant! We should be all ashamed! What a mess! This is what we have to deal with for 4 years. Please give us back the real leaders. Why should we have to settle for the same speaker that was the cause for early election and a bunch of show off know it all’s.

    • Anonymous says:

      AT least they started on time!

  23. Anonymous says:

    C’mon people what are you waiting for prizes? Oh snap…

  24. Anonymous says:

    shambolic….and totally predictable by anybody with a brain.
    what’s plan b, cig?????
    if we can’t get the first vaccine done what hope have we got for future vaccines or booster vaccines?
    are we to try and live in a ‘covid-free’ bubble for the next 5-10 years?
    will keep asking….why are we letting an ignorant minority dictate to the majority when we can re-open fully??

    • Anonymous says:

      “why are we letting an ignorant minority dictate to the majority when we can re-open fully??”

      ..because the ignorant majority can vote?

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