Just 183 vaccines have been administered in the past 24 hours, according to the daily COVID-19 update issued by the Ministry of Health.

According to Wednesday’s update, reported by Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee, 65,680 vaccines have been given to date, up from the  total of 65,497 announced on Tuesday.

That brings the percentage of the estimated total population who have received at least one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to 55% or 35,559 people, with 46% having completed the two-dose course.

The latest update comes amid concerns about Cayman’s stuttering vaccination rate; Dr. Lee implored those who have not yet received their COVID-19 shots to ensure they get their first dose by 9 June as the vaccines on island will expire at the end of that month.

“COVID-19 is raging around the globe but the Cayman Islands has the precious resource of vaccinations – let’s not waste this gift in the face of the world’s gaze,” he said.

He pointed out that demand for the vaccinations has “declined considerably” since its peak in March. Cayman received its first batches of the vaccine in January.

Governor Martyn Roper also spoke out to urge the public to get the jab.

“If we are going to safely reopen the borders we do need more people in Cayman to come forward and get the vaccination. So please, please do come and get it,” Roper said, as he addressed the issue of declining vaccinations at the weekend.

He pointed out that making use of the doses available is imperative given the limited shelf life of current supplies and no further shipments heading to the Cayman Islands.

“They expire at the end of June and as governor I certainly don’t want to be in the position where we have to waste vaccines,” Roper told the Cayman Compass Saturday morning at the Rotary Central Cayman Islands Dr. Bill Hrudey Science Fair at the Arts and Recreation Centre in Camana Bay.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Can someone please tell me what happens if Cayman does not get 80% of their people vaccinated? Will the borders remain closed? I’m assuming that cannot remain a feasible option but I haven’t heard of any other option being spoken about yet.

    Also, after June 9th, are you going to ship off the remaining vaccines to other countries that could quickly use them before they expire? I hope this is the intention, instead of letting them go to waste.

  2. Hey – I will be arriving in Cayman on 2 June for work and will permanently be remaining on island and I have not yet had my vaccine. Do you know whether one will be available at the airport so I can get my first jab by 9 June (otherwise I will be in quarantine and will not be able to get my first does until 16 June)?

    Thanks, Laura

  3. Cayman has remained virtually unscathed by this horrific virus. When the borders open, the virus will make its way to Cayman. And when it does, these new variant strains will rip through the Cayman community and affect young and old. The rest of the world is truly suffering and desperate for the vaccine. Please gets yours now!

  4. It’s funny how in many countries people are lining up to be vaccinated but here in Cayman vaccine shots may well be wasted due to people refusing to have them or thinking their risk is insignificant.

    My son’s father-in-law lives in London. 63 years old and he was in fair health. Last March he went to religious services against government advice. He caught covid and spent over TWO MONTHS on a ventilator.

    Amazingly he survived. A year later he catches his breath when climbing stairs as he had permanent lung damage.

    Unfortunately the new strain from India is more likely to affect younger people and put them in hospital.

    My wife and I got vaccinated at the first possible opportunity. I had no side effects at all. She had a chill for one day.

    Please don’t delay receiving your shot.