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COVID vaccination campaign opens for all of Stage 3

COVID - 19 05 Mar, 2021 Follow News

Public Health Nurse, Annie K Price, receives her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

The Public Health Department announces the COVID-19 vaccine will now be available to all persons over the age of 16 starting Friday 5th March 2021. Persons will be vaccination in alphabetical order, starting with Surname A. The latest published COVID-19 vaccination schedule is available at https://hsa.ky/public-health/coronavirus/

The COVID-19 vaccination programme continues to administer Dose 2 vaccinations in conjunction with the latest rollout.

Governor Martyn Roper has confirmed that the UK will be sending a further 19,890 doses on the British Airways flight arriving on 11 March. Plans are also in place for another consignment to arrive from the UK towards the end of the month.

“Based on our current vaccine supply and the doses arriving in March, the Cayman Islands is now able to make this vaccine available to everyone over 16 years of age. Supply of vaccines remains a challenge globally, but the UK’s continued support has enabled us to further open our vaccination programme. I encourage those that have not yet received their first vaccine to come forward to ensure we continue the work to keep Cayman safe.”

Dr John Lee, Chief Medical Officer confirmed that Public Health has administered 25,408 vaccines and, of that, 16,603 (25.5% of the estimated population) have received at least one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, while 8,805 have completed the two-dose course. “The Cayman Islands has been in an incredibly fortunate position to have been able to vaccinate its population so early on in the global campaign against Covid-19 disease.”

Vaccination campaign changes and highlights:

• COVID-19 vaccine will be available to all ordinary and legal residents over the age of 16 (Stage 3) starting tomorrow Friday 5th March (starting with Surname A). Please see schedule for assigned Surname day.

• Vaccination Clinic Hours at ORIA - Monday – Friday 9am-12pm & 1:30-4pm; Saturday 9am-12pm & 1:30-3pm.

• For Dose 1, please fill out the consent form before arrival https://www.hsa.ky/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/COVID-19-Vaccine-Consent-Form-2020-2021-FINAL-Feb.pdf

• Everyone must present photo identification to receive the vaccine and demonstrate they are ordinarily and legally resident e.g. with initial permission to remain in the Islands for at least six months.

• Persons may come at ANY of the published clinic times for the following:

– Stage 1, Group A, B & C

– Stage 2, Group A, B & C

– Receiving Dose 2

• Persons who have received their first dose are reminded to get their second dose 21 days later or no longer than 12 weeks after the first dose.

• When receiving your 2nd dose, you MUST also bring along your vaccination card reflecting your 1st dose.

• Doctors’ notes and employer letters are no longer required for Stage 2.

• Vaccination cards are NOT to be laminated.

• Persons 60 years and older will be given priority.

• Facemasks are required.

“We are still urging all persons over 60 years old to come forward to receive the vaccine,” said Dr Samuel Williams-Rodriguez, Medical Officer of Health. “Statistics show the older you are, the more likely you are to have complications if you contract COVID-19. Therefore, it is even more important that persons in this age group get fully vaccination to protect themselves and those around them.”

Dr Williams-Rodriguez confirmed that common side effects from getting the vaccine includes redness or soreness at the injection site, muscle aches, fever, headache, chills and tiredness. “Side effects from the vaccine are proving to be minor compared to the symptoms you could have if you are sick with COVID-19. The benefits of getting the vaccine far outweigh the risk of contracting the virus.”

“Persons are urged to come at various times during the opening hours to help avoid long queues,” said Dr Williams-Rodriguez. “The line moves quickly and one inside the airport you can expect the process to take 15-20 minutes, as we require everyone to rest at least 15 minutes after receiving the vaccination.”

Individuals receiving their second dose are reminded that the date noted on the vaccination card for the second dose is the earliest date in which you can receive the vaccine. If you received your first dose at a District Health Centre you can receive your second dose at the airport.

If you are home bound and unable to attend one of the vaccination clinics, please contact the Flu Hotline 1-800-534-8600 or 925-6327 or your local HSA District Health Centre and arrangements will be made to with a Public Health nurse to provide your vaccine in the comfort of your home.

The public is reminded to adhere to the published schedule and plan to get the vaccine throughout the day, to limit congestion at the vaccination clinic.

For the most up to date vaccination schedule visit https://hsa.ky/public-health/coronavirus/

HSA Flu Hotline - 1-800-534-8600 or 925-6327 or flu@hsa.ky

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