The Public Health Department has announced additional clinics for vulnerable children 5 – 11 seeking the COVID-19 vaccine. The appointment-only clinic is offered 9:00am – 3:30pm in the Public Health Clinic at the Cayman Islands Hospital on the following dates:
- Saturday 12 February 2022 – 1st dose
- Saturday 26 February 2022 – 1st dose
- Saturday 12 March 2022 – 1st dose
- Saturday 26 March 2022 – 2nd dose (for those vaccinated on Jan 29th)
Appointments can be made by contacting the Public Health Clinic at 926-8152. Please bring along the child’s immunisation record.
Studies have shown that a larger interval between the first and second dose may provide better immunological response and less side effects. The second dose can be administered at least 8 weeks following the first dose.
As a reminder, a physician letter in support of their patient receiving the vaccine will be required for any administration to this age group. Vulnerable or high-risk children aged 5 – 11 and those on the same age group living with vulnerable or immunocompromised individuals will qualify. This includes children 5-11 years old who have:
- Chronic respiratory disease
- Chronic heart conditions
- Chronic conditions of the kidney, liver or digestive system
- Chronic neurological disease (ie: Down’s syndrome)
- Endocrine disorders
- Immunosuppression (ie: those undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy, solid organ transplant recipients, bone marrow or stem cell transplant recipients)
- Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen
- Serious genetic abnormalities that affect a number of systems
The childhood vaccines will not be administered at the regular COVID vaccination clinic.
For children who would be eligible for this in the Sister Islands, please contact Faith Hospital to schedule an appointment 244-7643