Please note: The Cayman Islands has 167 active cases of COVID-19 and 814 recovered cases.
For the latest local figures visit gov.ky/coronavirus
SISTER ISLANDS – Residents of the Sister Islands who are interested in receiving the vaccine, please contact 925-1190 or 244-7643.
Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Criteria (high risk for COVID-19)
• Solid organ transplant recipients
• People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy
• People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
• People having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
• People having other targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
• People who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
• People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
• People with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell disease
• People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
• Problems with your spleen, for example splenectomy
• People with down’s syndrome
• People on dialysis or with chronic kidney disease (stage 5)
• Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired
• Other people who have also been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, based on clinical judgement and an assessment of their needs – GPs and hospital clinicians determination
BOOSTER PROGRAMME –
o Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (see list above)
o Persons 50 years old & older
o Healthcare Workers
GENERAL VACCINE INFO
• Vaccines are available to persons 12 years and older
• Parental consent required for children 12-17 years old
• When receiving your 2nd or 3rd dose, you MUST also bring along your vaccination card or present your digital vaccination certificate reflecting your previous doses
• 3rd dose must be administered at least six (6) months after your 2nd dose
• The date on your vaccination card for the 2nd dose is the earliest that is recommended
• All persons must present photo identification showing date of birth
• Facemask required – Please bring your own.
• Do NOT laminate your vaccination card
Persons interested in receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine are asked to contact the Flu Hotline by phone (1-800-534-8600 or 947-3077) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on how to get your digital COVID-19 certificate through the MyHSA Patient Portal, click here.
The public is reminded to adhere to the published schedule and plan to get the vaccine throughout the day, to limit congestion at the vaccination clinic.
If someone is home bound and unable to attend one of the vaccination clinics, they should contact the Flu Hotline 1-800-534-8600 or 947-3077 or email@example.com or their local HSA District Health Centre and arrangements will be made to with a Public Health nurse to provide the vaccine in their home.
Have more questions about the vaccine? Visit www.exploregov.ky/faqs/covid19-vaccine
COVID-19 testing is currently available to all of the members of the public. Testing is free to everyone and are encouraged to get tested. Persons can book an appointment online using the calendar below. Please note: appointments must be made (2) two business days in advance as all persons being tested must be pre-registered. Results are emailed within 24 hours of your test.
Walk-ins available 7:30am – 12pm Monday – Friday
The COVID-19 clinic is located on the side of the hospital facing the Seventh Day Adventist Church, to the left of A&E (at the previous location of the Physiotherapy Department).
Appointment times are currently available between 7:30am – 11:00am Monday – Friday. Saturday & Sunday clinics are available depending on flight schedules.
ATTENTION TRAVELLERS: It is the traveller’s responsibility to check the travel requirements of the country(ies) you are travelling to, including the required time frame for a negative PCR COVID-19 test (ie: testing 72 hours prior to travel).
- Please ensure you book your appointment within the required timeframe for the country you are travelling to. (ie: do not book your appointment outside of 72 hours prior to travel, as this is too far in advance of your travel date)
- ‘Day-of’ flight testing cannot be accommodated due to the length of time it takes to process the PCR results
- Please bring your own facemask when visiting the clinic
- Please use a valid email address to ensure you receive your PCR results, as these will be provided to you via email
- Your name and date of birth on the registration below MUST match your passport.
If you are part of the Quarantine in Residence Programme, you will receive an email from Public Health 48 hours prior to your Exit testing date, as to when and where your exit test will take place.
Questions? – contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For all of the most up-to-date Public Health News and Notices, click here.
How do I get my COVID-19 vaccine certificate or see my PCR screening results?
All persons vaccinated for COVID-19 will be able to access their digital vaccination QR code on our MyHSA Patient Portal. Click here for more information or to sign up.
• Coronaviruses (COVID-19) comprise of a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common to cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
• Coronaviruses are zoonotic, which means they are transmitted between animals and humans. An example of this is SARS-CoV, where the disease was transmitted from civet cats to humans.
• The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of corona virus that has not been previously identified in humans.
What are the symptoms?
Common symptoms include respiratory symptoms:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
How soon do symptoms occur?
- Symptoms occur 2-14 days after a person has been exposed (average 5 days).
Is there a vaccine against coronavirus?
- Yes, there is a vaccine.
How is coronavirus spread?
• While this strain of coronavirus is new, it appears to spread in a similar manner to that of other coronaviruses such as SARS, through cough and sneeze droplets.
• This occurs when an infected person sneezes or coughs directly on another person. The droplets are then transferred when the healthy person touches their nose or mouth.
• A person can also become ill if they touch surfaces where droplets have landed such as tables, chairs and door handles, then touch their nose or mouth. This route is dependent on the length of time the virus is able to survive on the surface.
• Reports indicate that people who have not yet developed symptoms may also be able to infect others.
• It is important to remember that coronaviruses are also able spread to people who come in contact with infected animals and livestock.
How do I reduce the risk of coronavirus infection?
Although we do not have COVID-19 cases in the Cayman Islands, there is a probability of returning residents or visitors from affected areas being infected with coronavirus. This is why it is recommended to practice infection control measures such as:
- frequent hand cleansing with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- covering nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
- practice social distancing of minimum of 6 feet
- avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections, and
- avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals
How is coronavirus diagnosed?
- Doctors suspect the possibility of coronavirus based on clinical symptoms and signs which meet one of the following criteria:
- The person who is experiencing an acute respiratory infection recently travelled or lives in a country that has reported local transmission of COVID-19 during the past 14 days prior to developing symptoms.
- The person who is experiencing an acute respiratory infection has been in contact with someone who is confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 within the past 14 days prior to developing symptoms
- The person who is experiencing a severe acute respiratory infection has no other cause for infection and requires hospitalization
- Cayman has laboratories that can test for COVID-19 locally.
What should I do if I have coronavirus?
• While there is no specific treatment for COVID-19, if you have recently travelled to a country experiencing an outbreak of coronavirus and develop symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, seek medical attention immediately. Ensure that you provide your doctor with your recent travel history and symptoms.
• Wear a mask if available.
• Do not travel while you are ill, if possible.
• Laboratory confirmation is not essential for the management of coronavirus cases, as treatment will be administered based upon your symptoms.
Visit WHO for more informational videos regarding the Coronavirus and how to stay protected.
Contact for further information or if you think you have or may have been exposed to the Coronavirus
- 24 hour Flu Hotline – 1-800-534-8600 or 345-947-3077
- Email email@example.com
Details of the steps that Government is taking to combat the disease are also available from www.gov.ky/coronavirus