The COVID-19 vaccination rate is rising globally and most residents of the Cayman Islands are taking action to get vaccinated. In fact, COVID-19 vaccinations in Cayman are already at a rate of 72% as of June 7th – a number that is sure to grow in the near term. However, there is much work for us to do to get that number higher. With more than half our population already vaccinated, some are still debating whether to jump onboard the vaccine bandwagon. Some of the lowest turnout rates are among the young, healthy segment of our population. Younger members of our community are being asked to step up and get vaccinated to protect themselves and their loved ones, plus support “getting back to normal” after the extended and tough shutdowns that occurred during the peak of the pandemic.
Three Reasons You Should Hurry To Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine:
Doing your part helps you and your community. A common obstacle in getting the vaccination numbers higher across the board and in Cayman lies in the healthier, younger segments of our population. This segment has been slightly slower in turnout to take advantage of the safety net the vaccines can provide. By getting vaccinated, you would help support the economy and your health as well as your entire community as a whole. It’s an important responsibility that can bring about lasting benefits for the collective.
It helps keep us safe. Many people in our community have questions about the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines and how they protect against the variants. It’s a valid question of course. The results are strong. Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are over 90% effective and multiple studies have been published indicating that those vaccines are able to protect us against new variants. Additionally, public health officials in the U.K report a high level of confidence in the vaccines’ ability to offer significant protection against the new Delta variant. So, the vaccine has been shown to have a strong ability to keep us, our loved ones and our community safe from this potentially life threatening virus.
It can help get us back to normal. The past year and a half have been rough for everyone. The COVID-19 vaccine is one way for us to try to get back to some sense of normalcy. It’s not an end-all-be-all solution, but it’s a strong consideration for our own safety as well as our ability to get back to our pre-pandemic way of life. From supporting our local economy to bringing joy and fun back to our vibrant community, it’s a small effort that will go a long way.
And the good news is, it works! Even among these younger and healthier demographics, getting vaccinated not only protects you, but protects those around you. The effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine in teens and young adults has been in the range of 100% among adolescents aged 12-15 years old seven days after the 2nd dose. Other vaccines have shown similar results for this age group. As we work to #ReopenCayman and bring things back to normal in our island paradise, it’s imperative that we all do our part to protect ourselves, our families and our community.