80% of over 30s have had first COVID shot

| 11/08/2021 | 219 Comments

(CNS): The national vaccination rate in Cayman is being held down by the younger members of the community, as 80% of those aged 30 and over have had their first shot and will all have had their second doses by the time government begins the soft border reopening on 9 September. But more than 30% of 18 to 29 year olds and almost 40% of children between 12 and 18 are unvaccinated.

A week after the $100,000 prize draw was announced, the needle on vaccinations remains stuck. According to the latest figures, just 83 people were vaccinated for the first time over the last day and 91 got their second shot. Currently, 71% of people in the Cayman Islands have had at least the first shot, while 68% have had both doses.

As of the 10 August, 92% of the over 60s were vaccinated, as were 90% of the over 50s. 87% of those between 40 and 49 years old have had a shot and 80% of those aged 30 to 39. 69% of adults under 30 have been vaccinated and 61% of children over 12 have also been vaccinated. On their own, the figures represent some of the best vaccination rates in the world but fall short of what experts say would be full herd immunity that would protect the younger children who cannot be vaccinated as well as the immune-suppressed.

But if government is to reach their target national vaccination rate of 80% of the entire population by 9 September, over 6,000 people, most of whom will be under 30, will need to come forward in just four weeks.

Government is planning to introduce mandatory vaccinations for work permit holders and renewals and a number of employers are requiring all new staff, locals as well as permit holders, to be vaccinated before they can start work. But a significant number of the unvaccinated are children and young adults who are not in the workforce and are effectively beyond the reach these types of mandates.

Meanwhile, just one traveller in quarantine has tested positive so far this week for the coronavirus. There are currently just three active cases among the 953 people in isolation, one of whom is symptomatic but not hospitalised.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Interesting choice of wording for the headline. Personally I would gone for, ‘One in five over 30s have still not had first shot.’

  2. Anon says:

    Seeing a common theme here among those who are pro-mandating these experimental shots… cnn citations. Hmmm. Do you ever challenge your viewpoint or do you just bash others who don’t share it? Have a look at the most vaccinated countries in the world… Iceland, Israel, Gibraltar to name a few. Look at the data. They still have lots of spread. Are we trying to reduce spread- can’t happen with Pfizer’s shot. If the goal was to minimize death, Cayman is there now. Why keep forcing people to take Pfizer against their will? Have you not seen and heard friends and family suffering with clots and heart problems? Widespread colds in the middle of summer happening where you work? This is just the beginning of what the critics of these mRNA shots were predicting. Inform yourself because cnn won’t and they won’t pay your medical bill or support your family if you are disabled or worse, if you die from these shots. Pfizer is indemnified, though. Read their pamphlet carefully and understand what you are putting into your body.

  3. Cay 1 says:

    @9:14 – I don’t believe in their figures. They can’t even tell you if Cayman’s population is in the 60 or 70 thousand range. I take a walk through town and meet so many folk that haven’t taken the vaccine. 50/50 of the people I’ve met haven’t taken the vaccine. I believe they are playing with the numbers so they can get more people vaccinated. Still nobody can tell me the longterm affects of these vaccines on the body, God’s temple. Should I really call them vaccines or gene therapies?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Carnival reports 27 infections on a cruise where everyone aboard is 100% vaccinated.

    No report on how many are having symptoms.

    At least they can’t spread it though…


  5. Anonymous says:

    Day after day, more information comes out that being vaccinated or not makes no difference to your ability to transmit or catch the virus. We have top doctors advising that herd immunity is impossible considering the vaccinated can still get it and pass it anyway.

    It’s a seismic shift in understanding for the overzealous lockdown proponents or the pro vaxers to accept, but it’s fast becoming reality that there’s little point in getting vaccinated apart from, so far, it may mitigate your chances of getting seriously ill. Of course, it ignores the fact that many vaccinated are getting very ill and dying. As well as unvaccinated.

    This means quite simply that the private companies effectively bribing people to get vaccines are wasting their time and naive. It also means quarantine differences for vaccinated and unvaccinated are based on flawed logic.

    The strategy should always have been treating the vulnerable with known therapeutics, not mass vaccinating in the middle of a pandemic which we were warned would cause the virus to seek to mutate vigorously.

    It is time common sense prevailed here and fear took a back seat. It’s obvious the policies have been wrong, and it’s clear the virus has such a low death rate compared to originally feared that the leaders have to change course and treat this like the endemic flu-like virus it is.

    Enough of the nonsense now.

    • Anonymous says:

      I nominate this post for the greatest amount of dis-information of the day!

    • Anonymous says:

      This is complete rubbish. Vaccinated people are still less likely to catch and therefore spread covid. The overwhelming majority of people being hospitalized are still unvaccinated people. People choosing not to get vaccinated are more likely to overwhelm hospitals meaning there are less resources for people needing care for other reasons. That should be reason enough to get vaccinated.

  6. Anonymous says:

    People with children or grandchildren under 12 may find this article interesting –


  7. Anonymous says:

    Great the Snowflakes are the ones keeping us prisoner in our own country. Maybe we should give them an award for “trying”…

  8. Anonymous says:

    Breaking news: Fauci warns Americans may face having booster shots INDEFINITELY and says fully-vaccinated ‘breakthrough’ infections could still cause long COVID.

    Open Cayman borders!

    CNS: Full story on Bloomberg: Fauci Says U.S. Going in ‘Wrong Direction,’ May Need Booster

  9. Anonymous says:

    What motivates people not to get vaccinated ?
    Fear ? Religion ? Medical condition ? Rumors ?
    Target each group specifically .
    Because that 20% of misinformed people will still have the potential of killing your kids.

  10. Anonymous says:

    More good news coming out of the US today. The US Supreme Ct has upheld right of educational institutions to have mandatory vaccination policies. Hopefully that type of common sense will spread here.


    • Anonymous says:

      Pretty much all us universities now require vaccination for students to start their courses. Excellent policy. Would be great if the churches did that here for people to go on Sunday.., I’m not religious and never been to church but from what I read in comments a lot of anti vax also reference god in their reasons.

      • Anonymous says:

        Vaccines are required at many universities but nowhere close to “pretty much all us universities”. Private universities, sure! However, many public/state universities CANNOT legally mandate vaccines and are, in fact, prohibited from even asking vaccine status. This could change if a federal vaccine mandate is issued.

      • Anonymous says:

        Why don’t we open up fully and we will see how effective your vaccine is.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hopefully not because we will have a shortage of teachers and the educational system here is fragile as is.

      • Anonymous says:

        My children will not be going to a school full of unvaccinated teachers. The Ministry of Education needs to provide us a breakdown of the numbers immediately.

    • Anonymous says:

      I bet sunrises and sunsets are still beautiful in Cayman. Mangos and others fruits are delicious. Beach water is clear and inviting.

    • Anonymous says:

      Will Cayman be very quiet in 2050? It’s been approved for emergency use. There is no liability for side effects. This thing hardly affects kids and yet you want mandatory experimental gene therapy for kids.

      • Anonymous says:

        “experimental gene therapy” LOL. You ingest DNA genetically modified food all day long but a non replicative messenger RNA fragment makes you risk your life for COVID. Good luck…….

      • Anonymous says:

        hardly affects kids until one of them are yours..idiot!!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Reposting a copy and paste of one of the first posts on this article today. Excellent post and should be shared widely:

    CNS: I have mentioned this in prior posts 😀, but please stop referring to herd immunity. 80% vaccinated will not protect the 20%. Herd immunity is irrelevant unless a vaccine blocks transmission. Delta is extremely transmissible , and it is now well established that even vaccinated individuals can serve as a transmission vector (albeit much less so). Any sort of transmission in the community will eventually find the 20%.

    Get vaccinated to give your body a toolbox when you will inevitably encounter viral particles in your nasopharyngeal pathway over the next year or so. You will want the controlled RNA protein strip from the vaccine rather than the uncontrolled RNA strip in the form of SarsCov2.

    (Family physician in Cayman and double vaxxed since March)

    • Anonymous says:

      Agree completely with your recommendation that people get vaccinated. Also agree that achieving an 80% vaccination rate by itself is not sufficient to protect the remaining 20%. The 80% vaccination rate will however slow transmission rates and somewhat protect the health system and that in my view justifies maintaining the 80% criterion.

      (Medical specialist in Cayman and also doubly vaxxed since March.)

  12. Anonymous says:

    Israel is extending their booster vaccine programme. Hopefully our government will start ours soon.

    “Israeli Health Ministry experts recommended on Thursday dropping from 60 to 50 the minimum age of eligibility for a Covid-19 vaccine booster, hoping to curb a rise in Delta variant infections.

    The advisory panel’s move, which followed a call by the prime minister Naftali Bennett to expand Israel’s booster campaign, still has to be approved by the Health Ministry’s director.

    But at least two major health providers have already said they would begin on Friday to schedule appointments for people in the 50-59 age group to get a third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.”

    • Anonymous says:

      In other news: Morning coffee is still delicious. Morning breeze pleasantly caresses your skin. And birds are still singing.

      • Anonymous says:

        Hear hear, so many people miss the point of how good we have it. It is only a minority screaming for the borders to open and they all come on CNS

  13. Anonymous says:

    Compulsory vaccinations are picking up momentum –

    “British Columbia is mandating Covid vaccines for all staff working in long-term care homes and assisted living facilities, officials announced on Thursday, becoming one of the first Canadian provinces to do so, to fight a rapid rise in cases.

    Canadian provinces have resisted mandating vaccines for any population thus far, but a burgeoning fourth wave is causing many business groups and professional associations to push for mandatory vaccinations as a way to avoid further lockdowns.”

  14. Anonymous says:

    We have to realize that these anti-vax “know it alls” that are let to come on to our public Radio Stations and preach their version of “reality”, are the MINORITY if we have more than 70% of the population step up and get vaccinated and follow the medical community guidance already! No one knows what the vaccines will do in the long run YES! But do we know or can predict anything? We can go out one morning seemingly living the best health life ever and find ourselves struggling the next day to survive a simple event!. Lord i really and truly hope you protect all my people! Vaccinated or NOT! Government, Open the country up and let those that choose not to be vaccinated have their rights to that and fight this thing head on. No other alternative, Covid is going no where soon!.

    • Anonymous says:

      But what about the abortions in the vaccine and the fact that having a choice to get vaccinated or not isn’t the same as having a choice to terminate a pregnancy apparently? And what about the bill gates microchips in the Pfizer jabs? And what about having to lose my free 1500 bucks and work again if we open the border? Surely Covid isn’t here to stay and we can ride it out and then put caymanians out of school straight to senior manager jobs that they deserve when it ends in a few months?

    • Big Bobo In West Bay says:

      This nonsense has gone on long enough. Time has come for the Cayman Islands Government to mandate all CIG employees get vaccinated.

      We will never open up if we don’t help ourselves.

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