UK OKs Pfizer vaccine for teenagers

| 04/06/2021 | 51 Comments

(CNS): The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has agreed that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has demonstrated high efficacy and safety for children aged between 12 and 15 years old. Having assessed the data provided after clinical trials the vaccine appears to be 100% effective and well tolerated among this age group. There are believed to be around 3,000 children between 12 and 15 who are now eligible for vaccination , Cayman. The Chief Medical Officer, Dr John Lee said he was very happy to get the green light so the vaccination programme can now be extended.

“Today’s announcement provides a milestone in how far we have come in our aim to vaccinate the Cayman population in order to safely re-open the islands,” he said. But having gone from concern that we could waste thousands of shots because of community hesitancy, he warned that Cayman’s COVID-19 vaccine supplies are currently very limited and will soon be exhausted.

The UK is expected to be sending more supplies on 16 June.

Minister of Health and Wellness Sabrina Turner said the news as an indication that life may soon start to have some more normalcy for this highly mobile, purpose-driven age group. “As a parent I can understand that parents may still have some questions. I encourage you to speak with your children, and if appropriate their General Practitioners and Paediatricians. The scientific data is reassuring and that has made this such wonderful news to deliver today,” she added.

The news comes as another 571 of people got their first shot over the last day or so bringing the total to 45,766 or 70% of the population while 60% or over 39,000 of the population have now had both does. Meanwhile, health officials also said that there were three new cases of COVID-19 among travelers in the test results, Friday. There are currently just ten active cases of the virus among the 958 people in quarantine and home isolation with none suffering coronavirus symptoms

The Health Services Authority’s will announce the schedule for teenagers in the coming days. The public is encouraged to check the HSA’s website for more details of the availability of vaccination clinics: Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine here:

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  1. An non says:

    The virus affected the host that is most easily available. For Covid 19, it appears to be older persons. If that host is no longer available it will mutate to survive. So, younger people become vulnerable. Which is why it is important to vaccinate young people. I don’t want to get into a big ‘whose fault is it argument’ ….but it seems more likely with the genome that this may be gain of function. Aka a lab accident. Or God forbid intentional. Which I doubt.

    • Yasmine Shetty says:

      where the hell are you bluffing from???? this is absolutely incorrect and shows the ignorance of the author.. please educate yourself before writing such bs!!!!!

  2. Just Me says:

    Good Grief – IT IS A CHOICE. No one is forcing parents to get their 12-17 year olds vaccinated. Parents make choices for their underage children all the time. Making these decisions is part of being a responsible parent. Again IT IS A CHOICE, not a requirement.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Israel’s decision to vaccinate young people is less pressing, with the pandemic almost entirely absent in the country and almost all restrictions lifted.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely no need to be vaccinating anyone who is under 20 in a population with no community transmission. In other countries with high infection rates it may make sense to stop the virus circulating in the young due to lifestyles, but most people in this bracket do not get serious illness so is it worth the risk vaccinating young people.

  5. Anonymous says:

    This is an OPTION for those that were blabbering about government not caring about kids. Take advantage as soon as available or don’t complain.

  6. Annie says:

    Does anyone want to live locked down forever? I think not. So, the only way out is to starve the virus of a host. Two ways to that…one, get the virus, two get the vaccine. That is it. Those are your options. So pick one.

    • Db says:

      Unfortunately there seem to be plenty of people very willing to live in the bubble forever. They seem to believe by squashing the tourism industry Cayman will return to the days of old.

      Let me clarify that I am not one of these people.

    • Anonymous says:

      You mean the virus that has never been isolated?
      Fact checkers, please?

      *CNS: See the CDC here – SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, was isolated in the laboratory and is available for research by the scientific and medical community.

  7. Robert Mugabe IV says:

    People really need to slow down and read the words and what they mean.
    “………….vaccine has DEMONSTRATED high efficacy and safety for children …………..”
    It does not say the vaccine is 100% safe. All that sentence means is that X amount of children who took it didn’t have any problems with it.
    I’m not an anti vaxxer. Adults can decide to do whatever they feel is good for them.
    Forcing our older children/teens to take any new vaccine during this pandemic seems immoral to me, especially since there is ZERO science on the long term effects of any new vaccines since Covid 19 arrived on the scene.
    The extremely old, extremely young and people with underlying conditions (many caused by lifestyle choices) are in reality the only brackets of humans who die from this virus.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Great – now all the whiny rich-beyatches of Facebook can shoot up their kids and put their personal travel and shopping priorities to the front of their lives and move on!!! The kids were an inconvenience anyway!! WTF is wrong with just staying home – or is the point that this is just another proof this is not really their homes and they are just here for the $$$?

    • Anonymous says:

      Just so much wrong with your statement and obv a waste of time to respond with anything more.

    • Anonymous says:

      “WTF is wrong with just staying home” – the mentality that underlies the Cayman election law that prohibits those that travel more than 400 days in a 7 year period for standing for office. God forbid we elect people with significant experience of the wider world or international business. Or someone who thinks “WTF is wrong with just staying home” should extend to our tourists as well.

  9. Anonymous says:

    So the U.K. State is going to guarantee and be legally responsible for any damages caused by this drug?

    • Anonymous says:

      Of course not.

    • Anonymous says:

      Since it’s not compulsory, no, numb nuts. If you don’t want your kids vaccinated then don’t vaccinate them. But don’t try and justify not vaccinating because you think you can imply that the absence of a guarantee means that the virus is somehow more dangerous than not doing so.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s your choice whether to take the vaccine or not. There is a better chance of you being hospitalized with covid than taking the vaccine..and guess who is going to pay for that hospitalization..two guesses, and one of them is not your insurance company.

  10. Anonymous says:

    About time!

  11. Anonymous says:

    CDC probes rare cases of heart inflammation in vaccinated teens, young adults.
    Several dozen mostly mild cases have been reported in the U.S.; officials don’t know whether they’re linked to the shots.

    Israel reports link between Pfizer 2nd shot and heart problem in males under 30.

    Is the Second Shot Giving Young Men a Dangerous Heart Condition?

    The CDC recommends clinicians consider myocarditis and pericarditis in patients who develop acute chest pain, shortness of breath or heart palpitations within a week after vaccination. Initial evaluation may include an ECG, a troponin level and tests for inflammatory markers such as C-reactive protein and erythrocyte sedimentation rate.

    In a small number of cases, myocarditis may persist and become chronic or long lasting. Chronic myocarditis is associated with dilated cardiomyopathy and may lead to heart failure and other serious complications. Treatment may involve long-term use of steroid medication or a heart transplant operation.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Florida to stop daily reporting of COVID-19 cases, deaths.
    “COVID-19 cases have significantly decreased over the past year as we have a less than 5% positivity rate, and our state is returning to normal, with vaccines widely available throughout Florida,”

  13. Anonymous says:

    Does your Dr Lee not read anything? Approval has to be gained from the Joint Vaccines committee as well first. There are scientists opposed to vaccinating children for different reasons so this is not guaranteed.

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    • Anonymous says:

      An official Israeli report released Tuesday found a striking correlation between COVID-19 mRNA vaccinations and a spike in cases of a heart-inflammation condition in young males, which appears likely to lead the country to revisit its recommendation that children receive two doses of the vaccine.

      The report found over 110 cases of myocarditis around the time of vaccination, 95 of which occurred following the second of Pfizer’s two-dose regimen. This translates to a rate of roughly one in 50,000. However, most of the people who developed the heart condition were young men, with a particularly high incidence for those aged 16 to 24, putting their rate at around one in 5,000

      • Anonymous says:

        I don’t believe anything out of Israel

      • Anonymous says:

        Here we go with the anti-vaxxers again..It is a choice and the benefits far outweigh having full blown covid.

        • Anonymous says:

          What is it now? Cue the buzzword of the day? “Anti-vaxxers” BullSh!t

          I have had all my childhood vaccines and just because some people are on the fence about whether or not to take a vaccine that some are not vulnerable to does NOT make people Anti-vaxxers.

          Further!! None of you peoples name calling, Trumpster allegations and shaming accusations are going to make me want to go get it either.
          It’s like you people are still in the schoolyard with your childish immature politicians that do the same thing.

          A Caymanian Rascal

  16. Anonymous says:

    12 is not a teenager

    • Anonymous says:

      13-15yo’scertainly are…and what’s your point? Queue the mongering EUA anti-vax theory…pls spare us.

      • Anonymous says:

        12 is still not a teenager. What’s your point?

      • Anonymous says:

        Might want to read Fauci’s emails … shows that those making decisions are not to be trusted.

        • Anonymous says:

          I have read plenty. No case to answer.

        • Anonymous says:

          Ahh…now the anti-vaxx Trumpers come into play..This was approved by the UK not Fauci..The Uk is not the USA..Why did you think we had to wait so much longer after the CDC in the States approved it there..

          Jesus Christ could come down and tell you it was the best thing in the world for you and you still wouldn’t change your mind.

          It is choice to take the vaccine or not..Leave politics and your anti-vaxx opinion out of it and let people think, do their own research and make choices for themselves.

      • Anonymous says:

        Dont worry. We can spare you 😉

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