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Statement from Interim CMO Dr Autilia Newtination on COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID - 19 04 Mar, 2022 Follow News

Statement from Interim CMO Dr Autilia Newtination on COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Vaccination against COVID-19 remains our best tool to protect our residents from severe disease and death.

The best available real-world data on the protective effects of vaccine show extremely clear benefits for standardised vaccination regimes, including boosters, and that these protective effects are applicable to multiple variants of the virus. To date, none of the studies from which these data are derived allow for modification of vaccination regimes based on the results of antibody tests carried out at individual level.

Allowing the results of antibody testing to prescribe the need for vaccination, including booster, for any given individual, would go against best practice and evidence.

In the Cayman Islands, the Government is determined to follow recommendations based on best practice and evidence. As such it believes that the best and most effective way to protect the health of all residents, is through vaccination, including the booster, regardless of immunity status, as may be described by any existing antibody testing at the individual level.

We therefore strongly encourage Caymanians and residents to take up the offer of vaccination, including the booster, through the booster and children (ages 5 to 11) vaccination campaigns currently being run across our islands.

For the current vaccination schedule, visit www.hsa.ky.

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