Approximately 45,195 individuals in the Cayman Islands have received at least one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech jab, that is according to the latest data released by the Ministry of Health.
This means that the British Overseas Territory has reached a major milestone, one previously touted by local politicians as important for considerations surrounding the reopening of the country’s borders.
However despite the latest achievement, there are no indications as to when the island’s borders will reopen.
Premier Wayne Panton told a local publication that the country was yet to set a minimum target that would facilitate the reopening of the island’s borders.
“The advice is that there isn’t any specific number that is going to guarantee herd immunity… the truth is we haven’t actually set our minimum,” said Panton.
Governor Martyn Roper expressed similar sentiments, noting that 70 per cent did not necessarily represent herd immunity.
According to the public health department, the increase in uptake of the vaccines means that all the jabs will be administered before the expiration date, with another shipment expected to arrive mid June.
Cayman has nine active cases of COVID-19 .