In response to these cases, the Public Health Department is working closely with the schools and relevant healthcare providers to manage the situation and prevent further spread of the disease.

As part of the mitigation efforts, Public Health is organising a special vaccination clinic on Saturday, 8 June 2024, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Public Health Department, Smith Road Medical Centre. Public Health officials note that subsequent vaccination clinics are being organised.

Given the highly contagious nature of chickenpox, we are undertaking swift and effective action to mitigate the spread and safeguard the health of the school community and the broader public.
Dr Samuel Williams Rodriguez, Acting Medical Officer of Health

Emphasising the importance of vigilance and vaccination, he added, “ Chickenpox is a common but preventable disease. We urge parents and guardians to ensure their children are vaccinated. The upcoming clinic provides an excellent opportunity to get protected .”

We are taking all necessary measures to contain these cases and protect our community. Our collaboration with schools and healthcare providers is crucial in this effort. We encourage everyone to follow the preventive guidelines provided.
Dr. Nick Gent, Chief Medical Officer

For more information, please contact, the Public Health Clinic at 244-2889 or email .


The Public Health Department recommends the following preventive measures:

  • Ensure vaccinations are up to date. The chickenpox vaccine is effective in preventing the disease. The varicella vaccine is 92% effective at preventing all varicella. In the Cayman Islands, the varicella vaccine has been included in the vaccination schedule since 1996.
  • Monitor for symptoms such as fever, and an itchy, blister-like rash.
  • Practice good hygiene, including regular handwashing and avoiding close contact with infected individuals.


  • Date: Saturday, 8 June 2024
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Location: Public Health Department, Smith Road Medical Centre

This clinic is open to primary and secondary school children who were not immunised with the chickenpox vaccine as infants, as well as unimmunised primary and secondary school teachers.

We appreciate the community’s cooperation and support in managing this public health concern.