Over 100 vaccinated on first day

More than 100 people were vaccinated
against the swine flu H1N1 virus on the first day the inoculation was available
in Cayman.

Minister of Health Mark Scotland
said he was pleased with Thursday’s uptake and urged the public to avail of the
free vaccine.

“I think there has been a good
response so far. We would encourage people to come out and get vaccinated.

“Obviously, the vaccine is free and
I would encourage everyone to take the opportunity to get the vaccine,” said
Mr. Scotland, who visited the Cayman Islands Hospital on Friday morning to see
government colleagues and members of the public receive their shots.

The vaccine, after repeated delays,
arrived on island from France, via England, on Wednesday night and was
available to the public visiting the hospital from 10am on Thursday morning.

Medical Officer of Health Kiran
Kumar was one of the first to receive the vaccination at the hospital on

Among those who were vaccinated
Friday were Jennifer Ahearn, chief officer of the Ministry of Health and Franz
Manderson, chief officer of the Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs.

“I think it is very important for
everyone to take the necessary precautions to avoid contracting this most
serious disease,” Mr. Manderson said.

The chief executive officer of the
Health Services Authority, Lizette Yearwood, said a station would be set up on
Monday at the National Heroes Day celebration in Heroes Square where people can
get vaccinated.

Free vaccinations are available at
the hospital’s atrium from 10am to 4pm on weekdays and at George Town General
Practice Clinic, all district health centres and Faith Hospital on Cayman Brac
from 2pm to 4pm on weekdays. Dates for its availability on Little Cayman will
be announced later.

The vaccines will also be available
at supermarkets and other public locations on selected days which will be
announced at a later date, health officials said.


Nurse Valerie Myrie administers a H1N1 vaccination to two-year-old Hamish Carmichael as his mother Melanie and health minister Mark Scotland look on.
Photo: Norma Connolly