Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported Monday that 61% of Cayman’s adult population has now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.

Government officials have said that once Cayman reaches a target of fully inoculating 75-80% of the population aged over 16 – between 38,900 and 41,500 people – quarantine and other COVID restrictions could be lifted and the borders could reopen.

As of Monday, 32,293 people – half the total population or 61% of those over 16 – had received at least the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and 24,700 had received both shots.

Vaccinations are currently available, free of charge, at the Owen Roberts International Airport check-in area, which has been converted into a vaccine centre. Any resident of the Cayman Islands over the age of 16 can receive the vaccines.

In his latest update, Lee also reported that there were seven new positive cases among travellers who were tested as part of routine screening. They will remain in isolation until they recover.

Cayman currently has 23 active cases – all among travellers. Two of those cases are symptomatic, but none has required hospitalisation.

The islands have not had a case of community transmission since late last year.

The number of people in isolation, either at a government facility or in their homes, is 673.

In a bid to encourage more young people to receive the vaccine, the government held a street party and vaccination drive on Friday, following reports last week that only 28% of people aged between 16 and 30 had gotten their jabs. The Public Health Department said 123 young people attended the event and were inoculated.

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  1. 6,600 people!! That’s how many more Caymanians need to be vaccinated in order to reach the 75% goal set by the government to re-open the borders.

    This does not look good. As mentioned in a separate article, Mark Langevin from CITA says there is a sense that the vaccination program is starting to plateau. The government spent time and money to stage a street party to encourage vaccination among young people. Only 123 people got vaccinated.

    Maybe not that many Caymanians are concerned about the situation. After all, they don’t have to wear masks and are able to gather in large numbers socially and for work. And those who have been employed in the tourism industry are getting a monthly stipend for not working.

  2. Boo hoo. My vaccinated group of 6 is sad to say we need to rebook our 5/29-6/6 dive trip somewhere other than Cayman…maybe another year?? We previously rescheduled and held out hope…everyone has day jobs and rescheduling isn’t always possible. I know – I know – first world problems but the struggle is real. Good bye Cayman…we will miss you.