(CMR) As the Cayman Islands receives another 9,750 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, persons eligible for a second dose are urged to ensure they get it.
Governor Martyn Roper said he was pleased to see the community's positive response to receiving the vaccine. However, he encouraged persons who are due for their second dose to check the current National Vaccination Campaign schedule to see when they should visit the vaccination clinic, which has been relocated to the Owen Roberts International Airport.
“Remember that the vaccine is most effective if you receive the two required doses as one dose will only provide partial protection from the virus,” Roper said.
Roper, along with other Government officials and healthcare workers, received the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Thursday.
Although the response to the COVID-19 vaccine has been positive, with over 7000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine been administered so far, Premier Alden McLaughlin urged members of the public who are eligible to receive the vaccine to take greater advantage of the opportunity.
“The Cayman Island is in a very fortunate position to have these vaccines. We have an opportunity that many from other countries can only hope for, and we must come together to do the right thing. Therefore, I am urging Caymanians, particularly those in the older age group to get vaccinated. It is for our own good, for the protection of our people and continuation of our economy,” he said.
Health officials said they were confident they would effectively administer the vaccine at the Owen Roberts International Airport despite its being a non-clinical setting.
Acting CEO of the Health /services Authority Dr. Hazel Brown said there were equipment and supplies available at the airport if an emergency arises.
Dr. Brown said the airport offers a larger space and ample parking, which improves the efficiency of vaccine delivery, reducing wait time and expediting the overall process.