The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to everyone over the age of 16 years old in the Cayman Islands. You may be wondering what the benefits of getting the vaccine are. Even if you had COVID and recovered or are concerned with the variants out there, there are still reasons you should get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Protection Against COVID-19
The COVID-19 vaccine can help protect you and your loved ones against COVID-19. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been found to be very effective in the protection against COVID-19 in adults over 16 years old. It is 95.3% effective. The majority of the approved COVID-19 vaccines available have been shown to be highly effective against the virus.
The Israeli Ministry of Health recently confirmed that protection is even stronger two weeks after the second vaccine dose– vaccine effectiveness was at least 97% in preventing symptomatic disease, severe/critical disease and death.
To put this into perspective, the polio vaccine (IPV) is 90% effective. Thanks to that vaccine, polio was eradicated in almost all countries in the world in 2020.
Getting vaccinated not only protects you but also reduces ‘COVID anxiety’. On top of this, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine also greatly reduces the chances that you can carry the virus at all.
Protection Against Variants of COVID-19
A Safer Way to Build Community Immunity
COVID-19 can have serious and life-threatening complications for anyone. There is no real way of knowing how COVID-19 will affect you or your loved ones before you get it. The vaccine helps us build immunity in our population without risking lives.
Traditionally, the way some epidemics end is through something called herd immunity. Herd immunity is when a large part of the population is immune to a virus or disease. Herd immunity causes a barrier for the virus to jump from host to host, thereby reducing and stopping spread across the group or infect those who are not immune.
Vaccines are a safe and effective way to build immunity and protect those who cannot currently have the vaccine but who are vulnerable to the virus.
Stop The Pandemic
The goal is to stop the global spread of COVID-19 -- Vaccines help us to halt the pandemic in its tracks.
Because COVID-19 is a coronavirus where immunity from infection does not tend to last, even if you have had it before you can always get it again. This is why it is so important to get the vaccine even if you have already had COVID-19 in the past.
A vaccine is a great way of very rapidly immunizing the globe, with the hopes of stopping the virus before our population loses immunity.
Viruses need living bodies to survive -- they hijack our cells to grow. If we can stop a virus from being able to find a new person to infect, by vaccinating them, then we can very quickly contain the spread.
Reduce the Health, Social and Economic Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Reaching our vaccination target of 80% of the population helps to reduce the chances of outbreaks and the need for preventative measures such as border closures, mask, distancing and travel restrictions.
Vaccinations will help us to reach a new ‘normal’ and at the same time save lives and livelihoods.
The COVID-19 vaccine is a way that you can protect the community, and especially your loved ones, in the Cayman Islands. We are blessed with a variety of residents in Cayman, many of whom are vulnerable, high-risk or elderly.
Read more about the COVID-19 vaccine here.
In the Cayman Islands the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is currently available to everyone over the age of 16 years old. You can read the latest vaccination schedule here to find out when clinics are open. Vaccines are offered Monday to Saturday except for on public holidays.