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More than 1,100 get jabs on Saturday vaccination drive

The government's ramped-up COVID-19 vaccination drive, which included offering prizes to people to show up to get their shots, attracted 1,138 people on Saturday.

UPDATED: Half of Monday’s 12 positive COVID cases found at exit screening

Since Friday, 12 travellers have tested positive for coronavirus, with about half of these results coming from people at the end of their quarantine, according to the daily COVID-19 update from Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee.

Premier: Cayman to push to be put on UK green travel list

Premier Wayne Panton says the Cayman Islands plans to push the United Kingdom to add the islands to its green travel list, which comes into effect on 17 May.

New data from Bermuda, England confirms vaccine effectiveness

New data and reports from Bermuda and the UK have confirmed the real-life effectiveness of vaccines in protecting against severe illness and death.

COVID-19 vaccination schedule 10 May – 31 May

The Public Health Department has published the latest schedule for the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic 10 May – 31 May 2021.

Hundreds flock to fresh vaccination drive

Hundreds turned out at the airport this morning to get inoculated against COVID-19 in a ramped-up vaccination drive.
Aerial view of Seven Mile Beach

Cayman excluded from UK’s travel ‘green list’

Cayman has been excluded from Britain's new quarantine-free travel 'green list' despite having a vaccination rate of almost double the UK and no community transmission of COVID-19 since last year.

Panton appeals to public to use up remaining 14,000 vaccine doses

Cayman's new PACT government on Wednesday held its first press briefing since being elected to office last month to gave an update on Cayman's COVID-19 situation.
The premier said Cayman can reopen its borders once 70-80% of the entire population had been vaccinated.

70% of Cayman’s over-16s vaccinated

In its daily update, issued this afternoon (4 May), the Ministry of Health said that 70% of Cayman's population aged over 16 have received at least one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Pregnant women now encouraged to get vaccinated

The UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has updated its guidance and now recommend that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as non-pregnant women.

COVID vaccine approval for over-12s expected this week

The US Food and Drug Administration is this week expected to approve the distribution of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 12-15.
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Can employers insist staff get the COVID-19 vaccination?

Employers in certain industries such as social care would likely be within their legal rights to insist that their workers are vaccinated against COVID-19, according to analysis from Cayman Islands law firm HSM.

Leader of the Opposition adds his voice to vaccination push

Leader of the Opposition Roy McTaggart is encouraging everyone across Cayman who has not yet been vaccinated to do so "as soon as possible". In...

Lee: Get first vaccine shot by 9 June

Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee is urging people 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 vaccination schedule 26 April – 8 May

The Public Health Department has published the latest schedule for the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic 26th April – 8th May 2021.

Lee: ‘Business as usual’ for COVID vaccination programme

Cayman's COVID-19 response and national vaccination programme have not been affected by the ongoing wrangling by local elected Members of Parliament locked in negotiations to form a coalition government.

Bermuda eases lockdown restrictions

Bermuda will ease its lockdown restrictions from tomorrow, 20 April, but households are still not allowed to mix and a nighttime curfew will be in place.

6 investigated for suspected quarantine breach

Police are investigating a suspected quarantine breach involving six people, including three travellers and three local individuals, who were allegedly found together on board a boat. 
The premier said Cayman can reopen its borders once 70-80% of the entire population had been vaccinated.

8,000 more adults must be vaccinated for 80% coverage

Cayman has administered a total of 60,637 vaccines with 33,544 people having received at least one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. This equates to 52% of Cayman estimated population of 65,000.

COVID vaccines leading to some breast cancer scares

One possible side effect of the COVID-19 vaccines is swollen lymph nodes, which has led to breast cancer scares for some women who have found lumps in their armpits after being vaccinated.
Cayman Islands vaccination clinic

61% of Cayman’s eligible population vaccinated

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.

More than 100 vaccinated at youth drive

Public health officials say 123 people aged between 16 and 24 received their COVID-19 vaccines at an inoculation drive and street party on Friday.

Bermuda going back into lockdown; premier has COVID

Bermuda government officials announced Sunday that the country will go back into lockdown from Tuesday morning for at least seven days after 118 people tested positive over the weekend.

Just over a quarter of under-30s vaccinated

Only 28% of people aged between 16 and 30 have received the COVID-19 vaccine in Cayman, officials announced today.

COVID-19 vaccination schedule 12-24 April

COVID-19 vaccination schedule 12-24 April for residents of the Cayman Islands

Slower uptake in COVID vaccines worries governor

The last scheduled batch of COVID-19 vaccines arrived on island from the United Kingdom today, meaning Cayman now has enough vaccinations to inoculate 90% of its adult population.

11 test positive for COVID-19

Out of a batch of 1,004 tests, 11 travellers returned positive results for COVID-19, according to the chief medical officer's report on Tuesday.

Police investigate quarantine breach

Police are investigating an alleged quarantine breach involving a traveller isolating at home and one other person, according to a press release issued on behalf of Travel Cayman. 
Bermuda MoH 29 March

Dr. John Lee: Bermuda’s spike in COVID cases ‘really worrying’

According to Bermuda's Ministry of Health, the territory recorded 108 positive COVID-19 cases on Monday.

12 new COVID cases in latest results

Of the 808 COVID-19 tests carried out since Friday, a dozen travellers have returned positive results, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported Monday.
Tourists relax on Grand Cayman's Seven Mile Beach

When will enough people be vaccinated to reopen Cayman’s borders?

Cayman's vaccine rollout is progressing fast, but even that may not be enough to quickly reach the targets currently set for a border reopening.

Police investigate two new home quarantine breaches

Two new quarantine breaches are now being investigated by police, one of which has led to the offending travellers being moved to a supervised quarantine facility, Travel Cayman reported Wednesday.

Seven test positive for COVID-19

Seven people have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the chief medical officer's daily report.

New quarantine requirements enacted

From today, Cayman's new quarantine requirements for arriving vaccinated travellers are in effect.
All passenger flights in and out of Cayman will be suspended for 3 weeks.

Cayman Airways staff in quarantine after safety protocol breach

Cayman Airways flight attendants have been placed into quarantine and are under investigation following an inflight safety protocol breach.
COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine

41% of Cayman’s total population receive first vaccine dose

According to Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee's daily COVID-19 update, 41% – or 26,321 – of the jurisdiction's total population have received at least one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. 
Nurse prepares COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination schedule 22 March – 10 April

COVID-19 vaccination schedule 22 March – 10 April for residents of the Cayman Islands

EU threatens tougher vaccine export curbs in dispute with UK, U.S.

The European Union on Wednesday threatened to take tougher measures to curb the export of COVID-19 vaccines, escalating an ongoing row with Britain and the United States over their restrictive handling of vaccine deliveries to the 27-nation bloc.
The premier said Cayman can reopen its borders once 70-80% of the entire population had been vaccinated.

1,761 COVID-19 vaccines delivered on Saturday

In Monday's COVID report, the Chief Medical Officer announced a significant milestone in government's efforts to vaccinate 70-80% of the population.

British Airways calls for vaccinated people to travel without restrictions

British Airways's new boss said vaccinated people should be allowed to travel without restriction and non-vaccinated people with a negative COVID-19 test, as he set out his ideas for a travel restart a month before the UK government finalises its plans.

WHO urges world not to halt vaccinations as AstraZeneca shot divides Europe

The World Health Organization appealed to countries on Monday not to pause vaccination campaigns after two more European nations and one in Asia joined a handful which have suspended use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine over safety fears.

Regulations on 10-day quarantine published

The Cayman Islands government has gazetted updated regulations governing arrangements for a 10-day quarantine period for arriving travellers.

COVID field hospital demobilised

The emergency COVID-19 field hospital at the Family Life Centre, which was set up in May last year in case coronavirus cases swamped local hospitals, has been demobilised.

A year of COVID-19

A year ago, on 12 March, a solemn-faced Premier Alden McLaughlin announced at a press briefing that Cayman had its first COVID-19 case.

One charged for two alleged quarantine breaches

One person has been charged with two breaches of quarantine, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service confirmed Thursday.

Almost 1,000 get health insurance support

Just under 1,000 displaced Caymanian workers have received assistance through government's Health Insurance Premiums Payment Assistance Programme, Health Minister Dwayne Seymour has confirmed.

Governor: Quarantine breach prosecutions ‘complex’

In the wake of a fresh quarantine breach this week and a lack of convictions for the offence, since last year's high-profile sentencing of Skylar Mack and Vanjae Ramgeet, the Governor stressed it was important to let the judicial process "run its course".

Quarantine shortened to 10 days from 22 March

The mandatory quarantine period will be reduced to 10 days from 22 March, Premier Alden McLaughlin announced Wednesday, as Cayman reached its target of vaccinating more than 90% of the over-60 population.

New quarantine breach reported

Police are investigating another alleged quarantine breach after someone was found visiting a traveller who was isolating at home.
vaccinations at airport

More than quarter of population vaccinated

As of 4 March, 25.5% of the population, or 16,603 people, had received at least one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, while 8,805 of those had completed the two-dose course, according to health officials.

Vaccinations open to all residents

From Friday, 5 March, the COVID-19 vaccination will be open to all three stages, starting in alphabetical order, health officials announced today.
Nurse prepares COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination schedule 5 March – 20 March

COVID-19 vaccination will be open to all three stages, starting in Alpha order.

Negative COVID-19 tests now mandatory before arrival in Jamaica

The Jamaican government has issued new travel requirements, which make it mandatory for all people aged 12 and older to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test at least 72 hours before their flight.

Jamaica, Cuba face worst COVID-19 outbreaks yet

While global new infections start to decline, a handful of countries across the Caribbean are suffering their worst outbreaks since the start of the pandemic.

Cayman’s over-60s inch closer to vaccination target

To date, 90% of people aged over 70 and 85% of those over 60 have now had at least one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported Monday. 

Six new COVID-19 positive cases among travellers

A further six people have tested positive for COVID-19 today, according to Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee.

Seven positive COVID-19 cases among travellers

Cayman has recorded seven new positive COVID-19 cases today, according to Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee's daily update.

Premier: Vaccination rate could mean April/May border reopening

Premier Alden McLaughlin says if Cayman's COVID-19 vaccination rate continues at its current pace, the islands' borders could reopen by late April or early May.

Next shipment of COVID vaccines confirmed

Cayman's fourth shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines will arrive on 11 March, Governor Martyn Roper has confirmed.

81% of Cayman’s over-60s receive COVID vaccines

The Cayman Islands is moving closer to its target of vaccinating 90% of its over-60 population, with 81% having received at least one of the two-dose COVID-19 inoculation by Friday.

CARICOM insists on equitable distribution of vaccines

As regional neighbours begin the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, 14 independent CARICOM states have insisted, in a resolution adopted Wednesday, on the equitable distribution of doses.

3 new COVID cases among travellers

Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee, in his latest COVID-19 update, reported that of the 500 tests carried out since Friday, three were positive.

CITA bosses meet with government

Cayman Islands Tourism Association President Marc Langevin says he is optimistic that lines of communication between his organisation and the government are opening up.

COVID-19 vaccination schedule 15 February – 6 March

COVID-19 vaccination schedule 15 February - 6 March

15K COVID-19 vaccine doses arrive

Cayman has five new COVID-19 cases, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee has confirmed, hours after the arrival of Cayman's largest shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 from the United Kingdom.

Quarantine breaches hotline launched

 A new hotline has been launched allowing the public to report suspected quarantine breaches directly to Travel Cayman.

3 new COVID cases amid latest tests

There were three new COVID-19 cases among the latest 331 tests carried out since Wednesday, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported.

Jamaican business leaders lament fallout from earlier COVID curfew

The Government’s imposition of tougher curfew restrictions in the wake of record one-day coronavirus infections has been cast by business interests as a crippling blow to an already tanking economy that would make recovery much harder.

BA clarifies pre-flight COVID test requirements

Passengers who were barred from boarding a British Airways flight to London last month were mistakenly prevented from flying because check-in staff did not have updated information about pre-flight testing, an airline spokesperson has said.

Britain tightens travel restrictions with hotel quarantine and prison threat

Britain said it would bring in tighter border controls next week against new variants of the coronavirus, requiring hotel quarantine for arrivals and threatening rule-breakers with up to 10 years in jail and fines.

70% of over-60s now vaccinated

As of Monday, 70% of Cayman’s over-60 population had received at least one COVID-19 vaccination, according to health officials.

Cayman declines allotted tranche of vaccines from COVAX

The Cayman Islands government has opted to forego its first tranche of COVAX vaccines allowing thousands of doses to be released to other countries in desperate need of supplies, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee has confirmed.

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