(CMR) It has been confirmed that close to 80% of Cayman's hospitalized COVID patients are unvaccinated. The figure is in line with worldwide figures that continue to demonstrate that most of the persons who get seriously ill from COVID-19 are not those who have gotten the protection of a completed vaccine course.
The revelation was made this morning when Premier Panton shared that of the 14 people currently hospitalized 11 are unvaccinated. However, he also noted that despite those concerning statistics it was still worth mentioning that no one was currently on a ventilator and only five people required supplemental oxygen.
“This proves that our high percentage of those vaccinated is helping,” Premier Panton said. “Our hospital would be much busier if we didn’t have such a high amount of the population vaccinated.”
Responding to one viewer's comment he added the only time the government would consider a lockdown is if the medical system is at risk of being overrun and presently that was not the case.
With the recent uptick in vaccination numbers, the Premier noted that he was encouraged that we have 80% of the estimated population that has received the first of two vaccines doses. At 77% for both doses, he is confident that Cayman will reach the 80% goal closer to the reopening of the borders.
However, the premier did share his concern with the growing level of community spread and is strongly encouraging everyone to be responsible and mindful of how their actions are impacting others. “Follow the public health guidance,” he said. “We don’t want COVID-positive individuals spreading the virus around the community.”
Monday, the Premier's constituency office in Newlands hosted a vaccination client that drew some 210 people from 4-7 pm. The clinic saw some 31 people receive their first vaccine shot while 19 people got their second dose and some 160 received the booster shot.