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Governor and premier receive booster jabs

On Friday morning, Governor Martyn Roper and Premier Wayne Panton joined the growing number of people opting for a third, or booster, dose of the vaccine.

First-time vaccinations drop again

Weekly first-dose COVID-19 vaccinations have dropped to an average of less than 300 over the past three weeks, after the first community transmissions in almost a year caused a brief but steep surge in vaccination numbers in September.

COVID-19 vaccination schedule October 2021

The Public Health Department has published the latest schedule for the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for October 2021.

UK dry ice shortage delays vaccine shipment

Cayman's next shipment of COVID-19 vaccines has been delayed until Saturday due to a shortage of dry ice in the UK, the Governor's Office has confirmed.

COVID outbreak in check after 10,000 negative tests

More than 10,000 people have been screened for COVID-19 and tested negative in the past two weeks, health officials revealed Thursday.

Can employers ask staff if they’re vaccinated?

As Cayman continues to press to get the vast majority of its residents vaccinated against COVID-19, questions are arising on whether public health needs and regulations trump privacy concerns.

Antigua and Barbuda mandates vaccines for gov’t employees

Antigua and Barbuda has announced that from today, 20 Sept., all unvaccinated government employees are required to remain at home, and will not be paid from 1 Oct. unless they can prove they have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Teachers and eligible students must also be vaccinated before being allowed to return to face-to-face classes.

Ask the Experts: Cayman’s doctors talk vaccines & COVID-19

A selection of highlights from the roundtable discussion on vaccines and COVID-19.

Legal action threatened against mandatory vaccinations

The Christian Association for Civics and Political Education has warned that it will initiate legal proceedings against the government, if it passes any legislation that mandates COVID-19 vaccinations.

Lines at vaccine clinics signal increased uptake of jab

Since news broke of two positive COVID-19 cases within the community, there has been a marked increased in the number of residents seen queuing at vaccination clinics.

COVID-19 vaccination schedule September 2021

The Public Health Department has published the latest schedule for the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for September 2021.

HSA to contact vaccinated people for verification

The Health Services Authority has issued an advisory that it plans to contact members of the public to verify their vaccine information, as part of efforts to digitise Cayman's vaccination records.

Survey: Side-effect concerns are top reason for not getting vaccinated

A survey into COVID-19 vaccination acceptance and reluctance around the Caribbean has indicated that concerns over side-effects is one of the main reasons why people are not getting vaccinated.

New York Excelsior Pass added to Cayman’s verifiable vaccine list

New York's digital COVID-19 vaccine app, the Excelsior Pass, is now being accepted as a securely verifiable vaccination certificate in the Cayman Islands.

Health officials considering COVID booster shots

As new data begins to demonstrate the waning effectiveness of COVID vaccines over time, health chiefs in Cayman are contemplating if and when booster shots will be required.

Health minister hopes FDA vaccine approval will allay fears

Health Minister Sabrina Turner says she hopes that the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will ease the fears of people who are refusing to be inoculated due to safety concerns.

Cayman’s vaccination rate slows

Cayman's COVID-19 vaccinations have continued at a slow trickle with fewer than 100 people taking the jab between government's coronavirus updates issued on Monday and Wednesday.

Supermarkets introduce new vaccination policy for jobs

Starting today (9 Aug.), local supermarkets will require vaccinations as a pre-requisite for both new employees and work-permit renewals.

$100,000 cash and plot of land among prizes in two new vaccination drives

A COVID-19 vaccination could win a lucky person in Cayman a $100,000 cash prize or a plot of land as part of an upcoming inoculation drive.

Dozens vaccinated at Prospect health screening

Health and Wellness Minister Sabrina Turner took to the streets of her Prospect constituency on Friday, 30 July, in an effort to boost Cayman’s vaccination numbers.

Ministers’ Association: Religion no reason not to take vaccine

The Cayman Ministers’ Association has dismissed claims that religion should be used as a reason to refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccination schedule August-September 2021

The Public Health Department has published the latest schedule for the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for August and September 2021.

Premier: ‘We just all need to get vaccinated’

Premier Wayne Panton has reiterated his call for residents to get vaccinated so government can look towards "safely" reopening Cayman's borders.

COVID-19 vaccination schedule July 2021

The Public Health Department has published the latest schedule for the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for July 2021.

Lee: Cayman days away from accepting EU vaccination certificates

Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee has said that Cayman could be just days away from accepting electronically verifiable European Union COVID vaccination certificates.

New population figures move reopening goalposts

Cayman’s anticipated reopening is not as close as many would hope, with recalculated population numbers showing the jurisdiction is further away from achieving the vaccination percentages needed for herd immunity.

Allow vaccinated people to visit Cayman

I miss you so much, Cayman. I miss your people and your sunshine and your reefs. I was not fortunate enough to have been...

Let vaccinated visitors come to Cayman without quarantine

The quarantine imposed by the Cayman government, whether 14 days, 10 days, or five days, for vaccinated people, makes absolutely no sense.

Vaccine supply used up; clinics to reopen on 17 June

All of Cayman's current COVID-19 vaccine supply has been used up, and vaccination clinics will be closed until after the arrival of the next batch on 16 June.

UK regulator approves Pfizer vaccine for 12-15 year olds

The UK's health regulator has approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in children aged 12-15, meaning Cayman is also likely to begin offering the shots to this age group soon.

Lines at clinic as COVID vaccines expected to run out before next batch arrives

With prize-draw incentives, the impending expiration of Cayman's vaccine supply, and the likelihood of mandatory vaccinations for work-permit holders, residents are continuing to line up for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Roper: Give gov’t time on reopening plan

Governor Martyn Roper has said while the recent uptick in vaccinations will take Cayman closer to the goal of reopening borders, it will still take more public support to make it happen.

Gov’t: Vaccine supplies will be used up before expiration

The Cayman Islands government confirmed today that all its free vaccine supplies from the United Kingdom will be used before their expiry date at the end of this month, and a new batch of vaccines is set to arrive on 16 June.

Vaccination is the right choice

The decision to take the vaccine is a personal choice. Freedom of choice is the central pillar of democracy and a jealously guarded tenet....

Gov’t considers 5-day quarantine, mandatory vaccines for work-permit holders

The Cayman Islands government is considering reducing the quarantine period for vaccinated travellers from 10 days to five days, and making it mandatory for work permit holders to be inoculated against COVID-19.

$10,000 cash prize up for grabs in new vaccination raffle

People who get vaccinated are being offered a chance to win US$10,000, as well as 280 other prizes worth a total of US$15,000, as part of an initiative by the Cayman Islands Tourism Association and the charity R3 Cayman Foundation to encourage residents to get their COVID-19 jabs.

COVID-19 vaccination schedule June 2021

The Public Health Department has published the latest schedule for the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for June 2021.

Dr. Shetty urges people in Cayman to get vaccinated

In a message from Bangalore, the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak in India, Health City founder Dr. Devi Shetty has urged people in Cayman to get vaccinated, saying he not had seen a single patient in his Indian hospital's critical care unit who had received both doses of the vaccine.

Public Health offering 2nd AstraZeneca doses

Medical personnel will be administering second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Saturday, 29 May, at the airport vaccination clinic, the Public Health Department announced today.

The issue explained: The science behind the vaccines

We answer some of the key questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, how they work and their likely impact in helping reopen Cayman.

Cayman inches closer to 70% vaccination target

Following a "historical correction" from Public Health, as of today (19 May), Cayman's total number of administered vaccinations stands at 75,284, according to the daily update provided by Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee.

The story in data: COVID, vaccinations and the road to reopening

From the effectiveness of vaccines, the rate of spread of the virus and the threshold for ‘herd immunity’, a wealth of data is emerging on COVID in Cayman and across the globe. We look at what the statistics are telling us about the state of the fight against the pandemic.

Christians need to get vaccinated

Pastor M. Alson Ebanks writes: "And I now encourage my Christian brothers and sisters to celebrate the fact that science is of God, as is medicine, as is vaccination, and in faith trust him to preserve your life when you act unselfishly to be vaccinated."

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.

Mandate vaccines for visitors

We must insist that when we open our borders to visitors they be vaccinated for COVID. This is our choice and the choice of...

Vacation property owner wants to return to Cayman

I am a fully vaccinated owner of property on Grand Cayman who cannot visit without a 10-day quarantine.  If we have to wait for the...

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.

A plea for everyone to get vaccinated

Last week I boarded a public bus as I normally do. I’ve lived in several countries where it is rude to be loud. If...

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.
COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine

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.

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.

Governor urges more jabs as vaccination numbers taper off

Governor Martyn Roper has said the drop in COVID-19 vaccinations is concerning as he reiterated his call for more members of the public to get the jab.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

New quarantine requirements enacted

From today, Cayman's new quarantine requirements for arriving vaccinated travellers are in effect.
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

Open Cayman to vaccinated visitors

While I understand the premier’s first responsibility regarding COVID-19 is the safety of the Cayman people, I do question why decisions seem to have...
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.
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.

Time to let vaccinated travellers in without quarantine

Although I fully supported the government’s standing and protocol for travellers to the island for the past 12 months, I think it is about...

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.

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