Cayman's National Vaccination Programme began its official roll-out on Thursday, 8th January 2021. As of 30th September, 2021, 73% of Cayman's population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 78% have received both.
We detail how and where it is being administered, as well as updated travel protocols below.
The latest vaccination schedule can be found here. Anyone currently in the Cayman Islands (resident or otherwise) aged 12 and above can come forward to receive their vaccination.
receiving their second dose are reminded that the date noted on the
vaccination card for the second dose is the earliest date from which you can receive the vaccine. Everyone receiving the vaccination must present some form of photo identification. Employer letters or proof of identification to demonstrate you are ordinairly a resident of the Cayman Islands are no longer required.
The Priority-Grouping System
The Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine requires two doses, administered three weeks apart, to be most effective. Inoculations have been administered to the Cayman community based on a
priority-grouping system, as detailed below, presently, anyone from the general public, aged 12 and above, can come forward for their vaccination and Pfizer-BioNtech boosters are now available for healthcare workers, those aged 50 and above and the clincally extremely vulnerable (see criteria here)*. There will be regular
public announcements to update the community on the progress of the
programme - as well as when the subsequent groups can come forward for
- Health care workers and first responders
- Institutional staff and residents
- Front-line customer-facing staff at ports
- People over the age of 70 or those suffering from conditions that put them at an increased risk if they were to contract COVID-19
- People over the age of 60 or those suffering from conditions that put them at an increased risk if they were to contract COVID-19
- Essential Government workers
- Anyone aged 16-60 with relevant medical status (Proof of qualifying medical condition required. Relevant medical conditions include: Diabetes, hypertension, cancer, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, autoimmune diseases, asthma, Down's syndrome (adults only), severe mental illness, people on immunosuppression therapies, people with solid organ transplants.)
- Essential service workers, teachers, and school staff (Also includes: Supermarket workers, those working in utilities, gas station employees, customer facing staff in retail banking, hotel workers, restaurant and bar staff, food delivery workers, caregivers, Civil Servants.)
- Those living in the household of people who qualified from Stage 1 of the programme.
- The general public.
For answers to FAQs, please click here.
Updated Travel Protocols
On July 8th, 2021, Premier Wayne Panton unveiled a five-phase reopening plan for Cayman's borders. Transition through the phases remains dependent on the local and international Covid-19 climate, and it was announced October 22nd, that Cayman will proceed to Stage 4 on November 20th, 2021, at which point quarantine requirements for securely vaccinated travellers will be lifted.
Presently, while Cayman remains in Stage 3, those who meet the following
conditions will only have to quarantine for 7 days:
- Can provide proof of having completed a full course of one of the following COVID-19 vaccines at least 14 days before arrival in the Cayman Islands: 1) Pfizer-BioNTech, 2) Oxford/AstraZeneca, 3) Moderna, 4) Johnson & Johnson
- As of July 26th 2021 those with a COVID vaccine record/card from the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority, the UK's NHS or SMART Health Cards from certain North American States and the EU (click here for a full list of countries included) qualify for the five day quarantine. This is because the document can be verified as genuine. The CI Government are working on how to verify vaccine records from other countries.
- Can provide proof of having a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival
- Return to a household where the all residents have also received the COVID-19 vaccine
All people qualifying under these conditions will be expected, along with their household members, to undergo repeat testing.
Travellers entering the Island who do not meet the requirements for the 7-day quarantine, will still be subject to mandatory 10 days quarantine, if vaccinated, and 14 days, if unvaccinated.