We understand that going anywhere for the first time can often be a stressful experience. When it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine, this can feel overwhelming. One thing we can offer to help alleviate anxiety is information on the process of getting your COVID-19 vaccine.
Read through this process before you go and share it with any loved ones who may also be unsure of what it's like.
Where You Go
Currently, the COVID-19 vaccination clinic for Grand Cayman is located at the Owens Robert International Airport. You have until the end of April to get your vaccine at this location. Visit www.hsa.ky for the latest vaccine schedule.
It is recommended that you park on the left side of the airport. There will be security personnel that will direct you to the right way.
You can receive vaccines Monday to Saturday excluding bank holidays. Extended hours have been implemented to accommodate person work schedules.
What Happens When You Arrive?
When you arrive at the clinic, simply join the back of the queue. A member of staff will be along shortly to check on you and provide any further instructions. If you need assistance, especially if you are an older person, you can let them know and they will do their best to help you.
What Is the wait for the vaccine Queue Like?
Like any queue, the length of the line varies throughout the day. It is never any busier than around a 30-minute wait, but at certain periods of the day, the queue can be as small as 10-15 minutes.
Because of limited space, the queue is outside and open to the elements. You might want to bring sunscreen, a hat, or some shade to make sure you are comfortable during the wait. Persons 60 years and old or with mobility issues are given priority in line.
What should I bring with me on the day?
There are a few things that you need, no matter who you are, in order to get the COVID-19 vaccine in the Cayman Islands:
- A face mask or covering: You need this to enter the building. You cannot get a vaccine without one.
- Identification: Any government photo ID stating your first & last name and date of birth.
- If this is your second dose, bring your vaccination card: You will be given this at your first dose. This is your evidence that you have been vaccinated.
|Do not laminate your vaccination card, ever. It is an original document, and some countries will not accept a document that has been laminated|
What Will I Be Asked to Do?
Here’s a list of things you may be asked to do when you arrive for your COVID-19 vaccine:
- First, you may be asked to join one of two queues depending on whether this is your first or second dose. The staff members supervising the queues will tell you where and if you need to go to another queue.
- You may be asked to fill out a consent form. This is only before the first dose. To save time in line, have this filled out before you arrive. It is available on HSA.ky
- You will be required to wear a mask. This is true of any healthcare facility, airport, residential home care facility, and prison and place of detention in the Cayman Islands.
- You will be asked to present your ID. Any government photo ID stating your first & last name and date of birth will suffice (ie: driver’s license, voters card, passport, etc)
- You will be asked your name, age and address. This is for your vaccination card, which you should bring to a second dose.
- You will be asked which arm you'd prefer to have the injection in. Many people choose the hand that they do not write with.
- You will be asked to sit in an observation area for ten to fifteen minutes afterwards. This is intended to make sure you are okay, and after ten to fifteen minutes you are free to go. You do not need to wait for somebody to tell you to go.
- If possible, you are encouraged to NOT bring children or pets to the vaccination site.
During your second dose, the process is very similar. When you arrive at the front of the queue you will be asked for your vaccination card with information on your first dose. This is required so that the second dose can be recorded.
|Do not laminate your vaccination card.|
When you arrive at your vaccination station you may also be asked if you experienced any side effects from the last dose. A member of staff will write this down.
Tips for Reducing Stress For Your First Vaccine
We understand that doing anything for the first time can sometimes seem overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you when you get your vaccine in the Cayman Islands.
- The vaccine is here for you and so are the nurses & staff at the vaccination clinic — if you need something don't be afraid to ask for it. There are plenty of healthcare professionals and dedicated staff at the facility ready to assist. There are also staff members who supervise the queues who will be able to answer questions.
- Take a friend, loved one or somebody who has been before with you. They can accompany you throughout the process. If they're not getting a vaccine at the same time as you, just let a staff member know that they are accompanying you so that you can remain together. Remember, everyone inside the vaccine facility must wear a mask.
- Consider printing off and signing the consent form ahead of your visit to reduce stress. You can download it here. You only need to fill this out before dose 1 of your vaccine.
- Take your favourite music or a book for the ten minute observation period. While you wait for the ten minute observation period to pass you can always read a book or listen to music through your headphones.
Visit our COVID-19 vaccine pages to learn more about the vaccine and how it works.