Juliana O’Connor-Connolly fully vaxxed minister tests positive

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Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly is the latest member of government who has been forced into isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. The minister, who was one of the last MPs to get fully vaccinated, is said to have only mild symptoms of what is likely to be the Omicron variant, which is now the dominant strain in Cayman.

Around 5% of the population is currently positive, as the highly infectious variant runs riot through the community. In a statement from his office, Premier Wayne Panton said that so far Juliana O’Connor-Connolly is doing well and the government team wished her a speedy recovery.

*“We know from all the research around the world that COVID-19 is not a fair fight for those who are unvaccinated,” Panton said. “We have seen that both the rate of hospitalisations and deaths are driven largely by unvaccinated individuals. Fortunately, Minister O’Connor-Connolly is fully vaccinated.”

*Despite the data confirming high rates of positive cases among the vaccinated and so-called fully vaccinated, this lie, that somehow the unvaccinated are disproportionately affected is still being perpetuated by the political elite. Case in point, right after Premier Panton said that COVID hospitalisations and deaths are largely driven by the unvaccinated, he admitted a breath later that the fully vaccinated minister was hospitalised.

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Urging the unvaccinated to get their shots as soon as possible and the fully vaccinated to get their boosters, Panton said the government was trying to slow the spread, despite the significant levels of infection.

“The goal of our government is to protect our community, protect our healthcare system and slow the rate of transmission to ensure our schools and our economy can continue,” he said. “In order to do this we must continue to test, report positives, isolate when positive and get vaccinated.”

Panton urged people to take all the necessary safety precautions. But even with a high vaccination rate, reduced social gathering limits, enforced early closing of bars and nightclubs and mandatory mask requirements, the virus does hot yet appear to have peaked and is forcing hundreds of families into lockdown.

Education minister isolates after positive COVID test – Cayman Islands Headline News  Cayman News Service


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