Premier Alden McLaughlin has announced plans to reopen the Cayman Islands boarders this March, the reopening is based around the rollout of the Pfizer COVID vaccine. The islands took delivery of 4,875 vaccinations to allocate to the country’s most vulnerable residents. The second batch of vaccines are expected to arrive on Island by the end of January to roll out to even more of the population.
“By March we hope to have successfully vaccinated and protected a sufficiently large number of our population, including all of those at most risk. If we can achieve that target, we should be able to open our borders once again,” McLaughlin stated.
He, however, stated that all visitors must be vaccinated and provide a negative COVID-19 test or they will be required to quarantine.
“We will require that arriving travellers have also been vaccinated and received both a negative COVID-19 test before arriving and a second negative test on arrival, along with any other public health requirements. Travellers not meeting these requirements will have to quarantine.”
The premier noted that the availability of vaccines is the safest way to open up the country and the economy more broadly.
McLaughlin, Roper and Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee will be among those taking the vaccination to initiate the roll-out of the campaign.