Cayman’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr John Lee, has said that children aged 12 to 15 years can be vaccinated against COVID-19 using the Pfizer-BioNTech jab.
Lee made the announcement last Friday (June 4) citing data from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the United Kingdom, which notes that the vaccine has a high efficacy and safety among the 12 to 15 age group.
“I am very happy the Cayman Islands’ vaccination programme can now be extended to this age group. Today’s announcement provides a milestone in how far we have come in our aim to vaccinate the Cayman population in order to safely re-open the islands,” Lee said.
“We consider this news a welcome indication that life may soon start to have some more normalcy for this highly mobile, purpose-driven age group,” added Minister of Health and Wellness, Sabrina Turner.
Turner shared that while she understood that some parents may have some reservations, she encouraged them to speak with their child’s doctor.
“As a parent I can understand that parents may still have some questions. I encourage you to speak with your children, and if appropriate their General Practitioners and Paediatricians. The scientific data is reassuring and that has made this such wonderful news to deliver today,” Turner said.
There are approximately 3,000 children, between 12 and 15, who are now eligible to be inoculated in the Cayman Islands.