Cayman’s fourth shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines will arrive on 11 March, Governor Martyn Roper has confirmed.
Roper, in a post on his official Facebook page Tuesday, said he has been in touch with the United Kingdom about Cayman’s next two deliveries of the COVID-19 vaccines.
The first, he said, is “expected on the BA flight on March 11th and the [next] one around 2 weeks later.”
Details on the second flight, he said, will be confirmed shortly by British Airways or the government.
The total number of doses on the shipments is yet to be confirmed.
Roper stressed that vaccine supply remains “challenging”.
However, he said, “We have enough vaccines to keep us going until the next batches arrive.”
The 11 March shipment will be the fourth such delivery to Cayman from the UK government.
To date, Cayman has received two shipments of 9,750 doses, plus one batch of 15,000 doses which arrived earlier this month. However, while each vial is said to contain five doses, there is actually enough vaccine to allow for a few extra injections.
“UK remains committed to providing the Pfizer vaccines to Cayman. We have received 38,000 doses so far and used about 20,000,” Roper said, as he welcomed news that 81% of over 60 residents and 87% of over 70 residents have received at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
“That is almost 20,000 people across our Islands, 2 in 5 of our adult population of 50k, [and] 7693 people have had 2 doses,” he said.
The governor said he was heartened by news that the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines appeared to stop COVID-19 infections in the vast majority of recipients.
“The real world data about the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines emerging from UK and Israel is really encouraging. These vaccines are safe and highly effective in preventing death and serious illness. Please do take yours when invited to do so,” he said in his post.
To date, 20,468 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered with 7,758 people completing the two-dose course so far.
“The successful roll-out of vaccines and evidence of their effectiveness gives us all hope and confidence of a way to beat this pandemic. But we need everyone to play their part to protect themselves and everyone in the community, particularly our elderly and vulnerable. Taking the vaccine is the CaymanKind thing to do,” Roper added as he made his pitch for people to get vaccinated.
Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported no new COVID-19 cases Tuesday of the 505 tests conducted since his last report on Monday.
At present there are 26 active coronavirus cases, with one patient showing signs of the virus.
Cayman’s total COVID-19 cases remain at 431, with 403 listed as fully recovered.
Since the pandemic touched local shores Cayman has conducted 72,696 tests.
The number of people in isolation, either at a government facility or in their homes, as required by the medical officer of health, is 733.