DMS puts up $100K for vaccine prize draw

| 06/08/2021 | 149 Comments
Cayman News Service
PACT members get vaccinated, May 2021

(CNS): A single cash prize of CI$100,000 has been donated by the Caymanian firm DMS for a prize draw to entice all residents here to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The announcement comes as the number of newly vaccinated people over the last 24 hours increased by only 45. Given that several thousand people still need to get either the second or both shots in the next five weeks to reach government’s 80% vaccination rate by 9 September and the soft border reopening, officials hope this significant cash prize will work as an incentive to get those who are still vaccine hesitant to roll up their sleeve. The aim is to reach the herd immunity levels needed across the islands to protect everyone from the return of the virus once the border opens.

The “get VAXXed” lottery programme was officially launched Thursday. DMS spokesperson Adrienne Politowicz said the company, which is owned by Don Seymour, understood the importance of achieving herd immunity and the government’s vaccination target. “After 16 months of border closure and the imminent threat posed by the Delta variant, we want to inspire and mobilize our entire community to get Caymanians back to work,” she said.

Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan, who had been looking for a sponsor to create the prize draw, said it was reassuring to see the private sector continuing to step and help the Cayman Islands reach the vaccination target. “We are all in this together, so I encourage everyone to get vaccinated if they haven’t already, bring their family and friends, and get a chance to win $100,000,” he said. 

There are two ways to win the big prize: first “get vaXXed” and second “refer a friend”. Both newly and previously vaccinated people who got their shots here by the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA) are eligible for entry in the lottery. Those referring friends must accompany the unvaccinated person to the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for both shots and they will be able to enter the draw on the second dose visit. The more you refer, the more entries into the draw you get.

In addition to the Grand Prize, spot cash prizes will also be randomly awarded at COVID-19 vaccine clinics. A valid form of ID and HSA proof of vaccination must be presented to win spot prizes. 

Premier Wayne Panton said that reopening the country safely was of paramount importance to the government. “It is our collective duty to continue making Cayman one of the safest places in the world,” he said. “We aim to become the highest vaccinated and safest population worldwide.”

According to the CNN Health COVID-19 Global Vaccination Tracker, the Cayman Islands currently ranks fifth globally.

For more information about the vaccine lottery, contact Adrienne Politowicz at or call/WhatsApp at 345-927-8991

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  1. Anonymous says:

    In one of the comments reference is made to John Hopkins prof saying natural immunity through infection is 6.7 times stronger protection vs vaccination. Science has always indicates that but that is not the preferred way. Edward Jenner discovered small pox vaccination through that. We all know if we get chikenpox or Measles in childhood it gives lifelong immunity. That was ok when we didnt have vaccine. But that immunity is good after suffering and if death doesnt occur.
    Pl dont give wrong conclusions and some people may get persuaded by that.
    Natural immunity is after the fact of infected or sick. We want not to get infected and sick if infected so pl take vaccination

    • Anonymous says:

      Just give up. Nobody is going to change their mind about covid, vaccines and immunity, no matter how hard you could try to convince or bribe.

      Find something else to do.

    • Anonymous says:

      Your last 2 sentences scream..Genius! NOT! Did you come up with it on your own?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Come see which PACT member/supporter will win it.

  3. Chris Johnson says:

    This is so wrong and arse about face. Those who have not been bothered to get vaccinations and holding up Cayman’s progress, now get to seek a reward for now going for a vaccination. Being a senior citizen I was one of the first where I met many friends I had not seen for years in West Bay. They met the cause admirably seeking no reward but doing what in their conscience was right.

    Many were from the poorer element of Cayman. It is sad they are not entitled to the proceeds of any lottery. They do however have the satisfaction of knowing they made their decision not just to help themselves but above all assisting others because they have been vaccinated.

    Sadly it reflects the population of today. In the 70s Caymanians were acutely aware of each other’s problems and reached out to their neighbours. They would have been vaccinated in a week.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Some one called CDC as liars. We dont want to trust CDC not Public Health England. So just trust God. Trusting God means not to simly shutting the door but to follow the path he shows.
    God sent Small pox vaccine polio vaccine etc throgh CDC John Hopkins etc and we have been protected against them and eradicated them. Let us trust CDC and protect ourselves.
    CdC says dont drink and drive. If u dont trust that try it your family will know of it as u wouldnt be there to know what happened
    Pl allow people to get vaccinated. Dont spoil them.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Where’s JuJu? Is she vaccinated? Haven’t heard a peep from her since the election and her immediate defection. She always likes to eat from the richest trough.

    • Big Bobo In West Bay says:

      Our Education Minister is not a believer in science. That has a lot to do with why our public education system is dismal and why the majority of Caymanians refuse to get vaccinated.

      We are a very backward people whether we want to admit it or not.

      No leadership at all from our Education Minister at these times when we need education.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Meanwhile according to the HSA vaccination center schedule vaccinations are not available on 11 out of 31 days in August. They are interested in PR not vaccinating people.

    • Anonymous says:

      It is only 8 days out of 31 not open. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. Thursday clinics will be in the districts.

      It is a poor excuse after 6 months to complain about the schedule. They are down to a few trickles of people each hour. The largest cohort that is unvaccinated is under 30s, so hard to believe people in this group cant make it to ORIA or Camana Bay.

  7. A new chapter says:

    For the past 18 months it’s all about COVID, vaccine and God. With the latter there is white elephant in the room. Is there one God; one God with different rules; many Gods with their own rules; and where are you getting your information from and what solidified your beliefs that God exist. Religious leaders, pastors these are questions to ponder.

    • Anonymous says:

      I don’t believe in god. I believe in healthcare systems and vaccines

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes. Everyone else, ponder something else.

    • Assurance says:

      This may be the time to prove for yourself, the existence of God by getting assurance ahead of the event, you will be ok.

      Otherwise you are going on prayers, hoping to be ok at the end of the event.

      The science is giving assurance the vaccinated will be ok.

  8. Anonymous says:

    As the vaxxed persons have only mild symptoms even if they catch COVID, they may not even get themselves tested, but as they are still equally capable to transmitting the Delta variant, they would actually pose greater risk to those who are unvaccinated for medical reasons. Because if an unvaccinated person catches the Delta variant, they are more than likely to have symptoms and hence would get tested and find out whether they are positive or not and hopefully take precautions not to go near the vulnerable ones who cannot get vaccinated for medical reasons.

    • Anonymous says:

      That is why you need to get vaccinated. As the uk has shown, with a high vaccination rate and sensible people (stats show since fully opening up on July 19 people are still restricting their social interactions and wearing masks in busy places despite the rules ending and no restrictions), the health service won’t be overrun and it’s mainly the unvaccinated in hospital. We just need to make sure when we open in cayman that our healthcare system can manage the unvaccinated and niot get overrun,,, that is always the aim, the government seems to think eighty per cent vaccination if the whole population is what will keep deaths and hospital admissions manageable and not overrun the health services. If 80 per cent of over 12s get the jab it’s likely we won’t overwhelm the cayman hospitals and deaths will be low, likely around 50.

    • Anonymous says:

      This is the most bizarre anti-vax argument I have ever heard!

    • the void says:

      consider that a symptomatic person has a significantly higher viral load and therefore will transmit the virus much more easily than an asymptomatic person.

  9. Anonymous says:

    CNS – Is refer a friend only for those who are already vaccinated? If someone isn’t vaccinated for medical reasons, but would refer a friend or family to get the jab, could the unvaccinated person be entered into the draw?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Disgusting liars these folks from CDC. And how can you trust them at all. “A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study found that unvaccinated individuals who have had COVID-19 are twice as likely to face reinfection as individuals who have received the vaccine.”

    Twice as likely to get reinfection with natural immunity if the vaccine provides no immunity against Delta?

    How do you reconcile the CDCs claims against the below and pretty much every study outside of US that showed natural immunity as vastly superior and producing much lower viral load on second infection.

    “Dr. Marty Makary, a professor at John Hopkins School of Medicine, during an appearance on The Vince Coglianese Show, said individuals formerly infected with COVID-19 are seven times more likely then vaccinated people to fight off the virus.

    “It appears that natural immunity is better against the Delta variant. When you get infected with COVID, your body’s immune system develops antibodies to the entire surface of the virus,” Makary said. “Not just the slight protein that the vaccines gives you, but the entire surface. And so you get a more diverse antibody portfolio in your system.”

    Makary said data from Israel revealed that natural immunity appears to be 6.7x more effective than being vaccinated when it comes to fighting off COVID-19.

    “One of the great failures of our medical leadership has been ignoring the half of America with natural immunity, which is the half of non-vaccinated folks.”

    • Anonymous says:

      This is what Dr. Marty Makary said on Thursday:

      “The vaccines are so good at protecting against death from COVID-19 that those who are immune can feel good about living life without having to worry about becoming severely ill. Vaccines downgrade the infection to a mild seasonal virus – one we must learn to live with for years to come.

      Those who choose not to get vaccinated are making a poor health decision at their own individual risk.”

      • Mumbichi says:

        Two of us researching for an hour were unable to find any variation of that quote as attributed by Dr. Makary.

        An attribution is often useful to put a period at the end of your assertation, not to mention highly advisable per DMCA guidelines, which admittedly are not enforceable here, and difficult to enforce anywhere.

        CNS: I found it in 30 seconds. See here.

    • Anonymous says:

      Your argument is illogical. CDC (in your first paragraph) was comparing reinfection risk between vaccinated and unvaccinated people (with unvaccinated twice as much risk).

      Then your other paragraphs are comparing natural infection to vaccines (not vaccinated vs unvaccinated, which is what CDC was commenting on).

      You are comparing apples to oranges and thus your argument in nonsense.

    • Mumbichi says:

      See CNS link below for attribution to your quotes.

  11. Anonymous says:

    My God doesn’t tolerate gambling, how do I have my name removed from this heathenism?

    • Anon says:

      How is gambling? You haven’t paid to enter! A free raffle could never be classed as gambling? Also, isn’t your same God the same one as all these unvaccinated believe in, who are gambling with our healthcare system being able to withstand the pressure whent hey all need intensive care?

      • Elvis says:

        Wow. Just wow

      • Anonymous says:

        Gambling with your health and life

      • So the non vaccinated, who are paying their health insurance premiums every month, should not be entitled to treatment. According to your self righteous ,insane, selfish way of thinking. You sound like a lovely human being.

        • Anonymous says:

          Haud yer wheesht pal.

        • Get the shot says:

          Cannot wait until health insurance providers add a vaccination question to determine your premium. Let’s see how many anti vaxxers want to pay an additional $500 or more per month for their coverage.

        • Anonymous says:

          They will be entitled to treatment, but we may run out of icu beds if not enough get vaccinated, hospital capacity is limited. Better they stay home and just have an hour each day or alphabet days to go to the supermarkets in masks and don’t go anywhere else.

        • Anonymous says:

          Well you should get vaccinated because if you get covid it’s going to drive insurance costs up for all of us.

          I don’t think you anti-vaxxers are understanding that once the borders open covid will descend on us right away. Our hospitals will fill up whether you believe it or not. We have like 17 ICU beds altogether. Let’s hope one of those beds aren’t yours or a member of your family.

    • Anonymous says:

      How about you get the Vaccine, win the draw and give it all to the church I am sure the minister/ priest/ etc would forgive you and gladly take the money…….

  12. Anonymous says:

    Are we all automatically entered, do the hsa actually have. List they kept of name and address and contact number of everyone who had the jab to enter us? If so they could also release the numbers of caymanians vs expats vaccinated,,, I bet it’s mostly caymanians not jabbed and would help the public pressure if we knew.

    • Anonymous says:

      Also, assuming they do have the information, who gave them permission to share personal medical records?

  13. Anonymous says:

    US records nearly 100,000 COVID-19 cases a day for first time since February with 277% surge over the last three weeks: CDC warns Indian ‘Delta’ variant accounts for 93% of ALL infections and vaccines ‘can’t prevent transmission’

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes they can’t prevent infections but they can prevent death so who gives a crap about getting some virus if you can overcome it? Get vaccinated and stop reading these vague statements by this dumb ass above.

  14. Pastor Alfredo says:

    Here’s an idea.

    If you must bribe the population to get vaccinated then offer the $100k prize and the draw happens on 9th September whether or not the 80% target is hit. And the draw is only open to people who have had two jabs by 9th September. Anyone who hasn’t had their jab by that point was never going to have it anyway. In reality, most of these 8,000 “holdouts” probably don’t even exist because of the massively overly cautious overestimate of the population number (it’s probably more like 65,000 total population, not 71,000).

    Do the draw on 9th September, declare an end to the tourism stipend and then immediately afterwards cut a ribbon at the airport and declare the island open for business. There’s literally nothing else we can do unless we’re all content to live like hermits forever. I, for one, am not.

    It’s all worth nothing if we don’t have freedom.

    Pastor Alfredo

  15. Anonymous says:

    Wait for it, wait for it ….yes waiting on announcement for the Covid Booster shot.
    What will the raffle be for that $250,000, $1,000,000, land on seven mile beach?

    • Anonymous says:

      You’re not gonna need to give a raffle for a booster shot because most people that have taken the vaccine understand it is something that will protect us so they’ll be willing to get it. I for one cannot wait to get my booster shot.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Well, if you keep the borders closed then Cayman Brac and Little Cayman will continue to be busier than ever – lodgings full, flights fully booked, cant get a rental car on some weekends and all the cheap land is being bought up by people from Grand.
    So, Covid really did benefit some places in the world.

    • Anonymous says:

      And yet the bars still take their bags full of $100 bills to the bank and the churches bring in some $1 bills – so that part not changed 12:47 (I goes to the bank every monday and see it right in front with me own eyes while standing in line)

      • Anonymous says:

        What has this got to do with the opening post!!?

        • Anonymous says:

          If the island is planning on opening in September, people better get vaxxed immediately. Don’t forget there is a couple weeks between shots one and two and then you do not have the complete protection from the double jab until 2 weeks after both shots. Count the weeks. It is getting close.

        • Anonymous says:

          4:43 It has everything to do with it! Cayman Brac snd Little Cayman’s economies are benefitting from our borders being closed.

  17. Anonymous says:

    How do we enter on the Brac?

  18. Anonymous says:

    I cannot believe that this is happening. The people who were will to get the vaccine to protect their families and the community are getting punished again.

    Just open the borders already! Use that 100K and invest it in the hospital which will be occupied by these unvaccinated idiots

    • Joe Nool says:

      Why reward stupidity?

    • Anonymous says:

      What? Do you not read? Okay, Maybe this will help..I copied and pasted this one sentence from the CNS article…Everyone can participate including those already vaxxed..Does that make you feel better now?

      There are two ways to win the big prize: first “get vaXXed” and second “refer a friend”. Both newly and previously vaccinated people who got their shots here by the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA) are eligible for entry in the lottery

    • Anonymous says:

      Not being punished. All persons vaccinated at HSA, at any time, are eligible to enter. Read the article.

    • Anonymous says:

      Vaccinated also….

      See sky news today 35% of all hospital COVID admissions were double vaccinated

      • Anon says:

        Share the link? Oh that’s right – you can’t because there is no such article on sky news today. Good try though.

      • Anonymous says:

        Even if that’s right, that’s still 3 to 1 – why would you not get vaccinated? Want to show me some stats showing a high risk percentage for those getting vaccinated? Yeah, thought not.

  19. Renee says:

    I understand the CI GOV pressure to get borders open but its a shame that CI Government funds and resources are being spent this way. 100K could be going to the elderly and children who are not fortunate to have 3 well balance meals a day. Or have funds to purchase school supplies, needless mentioning those suffering in silence. I do not support bribes

    • Anonymous says:

      These are funds donated by a private company not Govt funds being spent!

    • Anonymous says:

      The 100K was donated by DMS. This isnt government money.

    • Anonymous says:

      Renee, THIS IS NOT GOVERNMENT’S MONEY! PLEASE READ THE ARTICLE…. Dwayne Seymour, successful Caymanian has put up $100K of his company’s money (DMS) to try to get more people vaccinated.

      Please stop being such a Karen and good get your shot. I’ll bet if you get that $100k you wouldn’t give a dime to any of those causes..

      It’s fine if you don’t want to get the vaccine but FFS at least read the article before your write such foolishness.

      • Anonymous says:

        Don Seymour not Dwayne Seymour, Dwayne Seymour I think is that old health minister who made the press conferences last year a laughing stock and made that bizarre donkey comment in trying to stop a free press and Wendy asking him any questions he didn’t approve of.

        • Anonymous says:

          Same dog puppy.

        • Anonymous says:


          My bad, you are correct..Dwyane “Jon Jon” Seymour would need that to pay pensions..

          Don Seymour it is….

          Please tell those in the back though that it is not CIG putting up the money. I really don’t know how CNS could make the headline any clearer..

      • Anonymous says:

        1:13 It is DON Seymour not Dwayne Seymour.

      • Anonymous says:

        I believe it is: Don M. Seymour

      • Anonymous says:

        Don Seymour (net worth of $100m several times over I suspect after selling large parts of the business that he built from scratch) vs Dwayne Seymour (net worth quite a bit less me thinks)

      • Anonymous says:

        I am really starting to get pissed that my parents named me Karen.

    • Anonymous says:

      12:00pm, did you even read the article? It is NOT government money! This is an initiative funded by DMS.

    • Anonymous says:

      It amazes me how many people will not even read an article before commenting.

      • Anonymous says:

        This is why they are anti-vax. No capability to read anything more than the headline.

        • Anonymous says:

          Well the headline couldn’t be any clearer either..Seem like the need to be vaccinated with a good dose of common sense..

          The first three letters of the headline DMS not GIG..

  20. Anonymous says:

    Seems community responsibility begins and ends with Covid and quite frankly that is madness! People die from influenza, measles, chicken pox have we ever had guilt trips put on us for not getting those vaccines? People die needing organ transplants have we ever been vilified because we haven’t elected to give away organs when we are dead? People are starving and dying in their millions, are our wages garnished so we can save them? We aren’t forced to give blood either. People also die from not being able to afford medical treatment are hospitals, doctors and drug companies forced to lower their fees, or provide free drugs? But it seems selfishness only enters the conversation when it comes to COVID, funny that.

    • Anonymous says:

      Because it is a highly transmissible disease can result in a healthcare system being overwhelmed.

      Left completely unchecked with no mitigation, it brings a healthcare system to its knees. March/April 2020, New York, Milan, Madrid, London. In Milan they were storing corpses in ice arenas.

      ….But now we have vaccines to blunt this impact. If you dont understand this after 17 months, you never will.

    • Anonymous says:

      Actually you do have to have measles, chicken pox vaccines etc if you want to attend schools. These vaccines (just like the covid vaccine) SAVE LIVES as these diseases are highly contagious. Fortunately organ failure, car accidents, starvation are not highly contagious. It is unfortunate that people suffer through these issues but taking care of these issues is not the same collective responsibility. Understand the difference??

  21. Anonymous says:

    ALT, are you paying attention, – incentivise, not victimise, it’ll do you well.

  22. Anonymous says:

    The pro-covid19 vaccine crowd is still not trying to understand or even listen to those who are making cases to not take the vaccine. Putting in these raffles, lotteries or having food vouchers or gift certificates shows that the words of those who do not want to take the vaccine are falling on deaf ears.

    We hear arguments like “Do it for others” and “Dont be selfish” but as time goes on we have to look back and run through the events that have transpired.

    In the beginning, we were called conspiracy theorists and that we got our information from the ether or “Facebook” (whatever that means), but some people saw this for what it truly was. An attempt to control the masses. This is not even trying to make the case the vaccine was intentionally created, only looking ahead at the opportunity this created for those in governments and those that control governments.

    We knew 14 days to slow the spread was a lie, we are now into 500 days to slow the spread made up of continued restrictions with the idea that we are saving others.

    We watched the goal posts move every single time when a target is set. Almost everytime a target was reached we were told it wasn’t enough and there’s still more to do. From the mask policy and social distancing to vaccination rates now to vaccination frequency.

    Once we saw a variant of the virus we knew there would be an endless cycle of variants that would be used as the reason behind not being able to lift the restrictions. Here were are with Delta and I’m sure everyone will love to here Lamda and other greek alphabets are rounding the corner for us.

    Now we’ve received vaccines from the every loving and caring Big Pharma. First it was get the vaccine shot to return to normal, which became get 2 shots to return to normal because the vaccine prevents the transmission of the virus and symptoms. Now it will soon be mandated to get three vaccine jabs if we want to return to normal but we have to wear masks because the virus is spreading from both vaccinated and unvaccinated See links below for my sources which is the CDC (which none of you will explore because if information is not in a 10 minute video format and it goes against your ideaology you won’t entertain it). So as this information is now being gathered on the vaccine results, ask yourselves if we will see a change in approach. I would be extremely surprised if governments change their approach based on new information. After all, lockdowns didn’t work the first time but they are still trying to enforce them.

    If you think getting vaccinated with 2 jabs will be the final action to return ourselves back to what we knew before, its my opinion that you are lying to yourself. It’s plain to see that no government in the world has any plan to return back to normal but you should ask yourself why. Why did governments (with a few exceptions) in the beginning seemingly take almost the exact same steps and to this day are repeating the same steps which didn’t work the first time? Big Pharma and Big businesses are the only ones profitting from this while the rest of us can’t even see what the next year is going to be like for our families.

    Follow the money people. Trying to see why the other side is saying what they are saying might actually move everyone closer to the realisation that we are all being manipulated.

    • Anonymous says:

      Well said.

    • Anonymous says:

      Wow, someone else understand after all.

    • Anonymous says:

      95% plus of those hospitalized with Covid in the US are unvaccinated, as is 99% of the deaths.

      That’s all you need to know. Get the damn vaccine already.

      • Anonymous says:

        Again my friend, fear has taken over. If you want to lower your chances from getting sick from the virus please get the vaccine. My stance has never been for people to not get the vaccine. My stance is that we need to be honest with ourselves and call this thing out for what it is.

        Those currently against the vaccine just want the freedom to choose what they put into their body. They are not comfortable taken the vaccine given the information we have, but if other people are then they are free to do so. We oppose the notion of mandatory vaccines, we oppose the borders being closed and we definitely oppose the notion that we are selfish or uncaring. If you believe the vaccine helps, then take it. We are not stopping you from doing that.

    • Anonymous says:

      oh I hope you dont have and bring up the children of the next generation!!

      • Anonymous says:

        Thanks for your kind words fellow citizen. You show your compassion for others so well. We need more people like you all over the globe. So stunning and caring.

    • Anonymous says:

      And yet the NPR article states:

      “The good news is that the vaccines continue to be highly effective against the virus in preventing hospitalization and death from COVID-19. For instance, three studies from Canada, Singapore and Scotland have found that the Pfizer vaccine provides more than 90% protection against hospitalization and death.

      Indeed, the Provincetown outbreak demonstrates the vaccines’ effectiveness.”

      So you are omitting a very very important finding. That vaccinated people overwhelmingly do not get sick!

      But hey, be my guest and ignore that pivotal fact.

      • Anonymous says:

        The anti-vaxxers always do this, conveniently select certain parts of an article to try to justify their foolishness.

        The mere fact that they consistently posted on here multiple times criticizing the Government for spending $100K and the headline plainly stated differently shows you the lengths they will go to spread their foolishness.

      • Anonymous says:

        What you fail to realize is that we are talking about two different things. You realize that you responded to my post and your focus has nothing to do with what I was trying to highlight.

        This is what I mean when I try to say to people we are talking past each other. I do not deny that based on the numbers, the vaccine is effective in preventing severe symptoms. However that is not my focus. We each have different concerns regarding the vaccine, but I suspect you still believe for some reason, despite my comment, that I’m against the vaccine because I don’t think it works.

        I don’t know where in my comment I gave that impression. I wonder if you attributing your own interpretation of the reasons why people would not want to take the vaccine on me, despite my attempt to be quite clear in my comment.

        But hey, be my guest and ignore what I actually said

  23. Anonymous says:

    Thank you DMS and Don Seymour!

  24. Anonymous says:

    Dont keep the bordrrs closed on my account! I dont appreciate being used as a political tool.

  25. Anonymous says:

    People should stop using the term “herd immunity” with respect to this virus (as CNS has again in this article). This concept is irrelevant with this virus. Hitting 80% will not mean the remaining 20% are protected by virtue of 80% having been vaccinated.

    This variant is so infectious (CDC estimates that 1 person will infect on average 9 people) that only a limited amount of initial infection will spread. In addition, it is now established that vaccinated individuals can be a vector for spread for this variant (although on a more limited basis).

    Herd immunity is ONLY relevant if we have a transmission-blocking vaccine. We don’t, at least with respect to Delta. Please stop using this term. The 20% WONT be protected by the 80%.

    You will eventually encounter the virus some day; it is inevitable. So you want to best equip your body with a set of tools to fight your encounter, and that is in the form of the vaccine.

  26. BLVCKLISTED says:

    Lol… let’s say you’re in school being a good little noodle and getting your work done in a timely manner as you should, but the delinquents in the back of the class keep holding everyone back.

    How would you feel if the teacher then said to the delinquents that they’d reward them with an extravagant field trip if they started doing their work.

    Yes, I’m salty.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Money won’t motivate the people that don’t want to get vaccinated.
    Misinformation and churches is the cause.
    Focus should be on ignorance.

  28. Anonymous says:

    I guess I am too smart for my own good.
    Ineligable for spot prizes … should of held out. LOL

    • Joe Nool says:

      Obviously not that smart if you can’t understand that this reward is open to all. Try reading the article again; this time slowly.

      • Anonymous says:

        Try reading his post – slowly lol. Says he is ineligible for the spot prizes – not the grand prize. Obviously not that smart yourself

  29. Anonymous says:

    We should be proud that we rank 5th. Very good. We shouldnt bribe to get vaccinated. We should educate public and let them seek vaccination. Very bad precedent set and we may fail in future vaccine programmes as public may wait for hand outs.always handsup not hand down

  30. Anonymous says:

    Excellent way to get into the good books of a new government.

    • Anonymous says: think Don Seymour needs this Government??

      Please stop trying to malign his good name and for doing something good for his country.

      Don worked his ass off and became a billionaire on his own. He loves his country and is stepping up to the plate and doing a good thing.

      I have never known of his name being called with anything for Government or making any deals or schemes like the past government did with DART.

      Please stop trying to destroy his good reputation just because you don’t want to get vaccinated.

  31. Anonymous says:

    DMS – Thank you for providing a big carrot.

    Government – Where is the stick?

    Sometimes jackasses need both motivations for there to be any movement.

  32. Anonymous says:

    well done dms…all while the cig spends $380k on old trucks for a pretend army….
    welcome to wonderland.

    • Anonymous says:

      Did they have a choice? It is the governors pet project..If he ask for it they have to find it..Welcome to the colonial life..

  33. Anon says:

    It is a sad state of affairs and embarrassing that we have to offer prizes to people to get a jab, but I would expect to be i the draw and have a chance of winning 100k even though I had my second dose in April.

    • Anonymous says:

      I guess that’s what they call ‘gluttony’. God is watching.

    • Anonymous says:

      The articles says Both newly and previously vaccinated people who got their shots here by the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA) are eligible for entry in the lottery

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes it may seem a bit embarrassing but the fact of the matter is they are doing it all over the world to try and get people to take the vaccine not just Cayman. Just the way it is. Unfortunately.

      For my two cents you can blame it on the unintended consequences of the internet where people can easily promote and disseminate conspiracy theories and fake news daily.

    • Anonymous says:

      You are eligible!

      “Both newly and previously vaccinated people who got their shots here by the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA) are eligible for entry in the lottery.”

    • Anonymous says:

      Told you guys – hold out a bit longer and they’ll be paying 1mn! 🙂

  34. Anonymous says:

    Oh wow DMS – well done!

  35. Anonymous says:

    A few things.
    1. 80% is impossible
    2. Will the draw take place regardless of meeting the impossible target?
    3. If so, when?
    4. What happens when the impossible target is not met?

  36. Anonymous says:

    Don’t see JuJu in that picture. How many PACT members are fully vaccinated Kenny? Tell us the truth now..

  37. Anonymous says:

    And the draw will take place the day after 80% is achieved?

  38. Anonymous says:

    Since gambling is now legal, when should we expect the first casino to open it’s doors?

  39. Anonymous says:

    great stuff by dms(private sector again stepping up)…why cig did not do this 6 months ago is beyond me.
    btw 80% still won’t happen….so what is plan b?

  40. Anonymous says:

    There should be some fine print. 8,000 need to get vaccinated, for the draw to take place!

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