By Pacific Island Times News Staff
13 of 808 tests confirmed Covid positive; Age threshold for priority vaccination lowered to 60
Guam has 13 new cases of Covid-19 identified out of 808 tests performed on Monday, Jan. 4,. Two cases were identified through contact tracing. One case reported recent travel and was identified in quarantine.
To date, there have been a total of 7,357 officially reported cases of Covid-19 with 123 deaths, 102 cases in active isolation and 7,132 not in active isolation.
After meeting on Monday,, the Vaccine and Antiviral Prioritization Policy Committee (VAPPC) has agreed to modify the Phase 1c category to lower the age threshold for adults to 60 to 74 years of age. The previously recommended age group was from 65 to 74.
The VAPPC recognizes that age is a key factor in Covid-19 susceptibility and agrees that many of those who have fallen severely ill or have died due to COVID-19 complications are over the age of 60.
In line with this recommendation, DPHSS will begin immunizing adults 60 to 74 years of age during the three-day vaccination clinic at Okkodo High School beginning Jan. 7, 2021.
During the VAPPC’s fourth virtual meeting, the committee was also informed of Guam’s January vaccine allocation. The DPHSS Immunization Program has been authorized to order 7,800 Pfizer vaccines and 7,200 of the Moderna vaccines for a combined total of 15,000 doses which will fully immunize 7,500 individuals.
DPHSS has partnered with the five Guam Renal Care Centers to train its nurses and staff on the proper procedures for administering the Moderna vaccines to dialysis patient
The Department of Public Health and Social Services, in partnership with the Office of the Governor, Mayors’ Council of Guam , Guam Department of Labor, Guam Fire Department, Guam Police Department, University of Guam School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the Serve Guam Commission - AmeriCorps Guam Program, will resume its Covid-19 vaccination clinic for those individuals under Phase 1a (healthcare personnel) who are due for their second dose and Phase 1c (individuals 60 years and older) to receive Dose One.
These vaccinations will occur from Jan. 7 to 9 at Okkodo High School in Dededo. The school cafeteria and gymnasium have been set up as a temporary vaccination clinic.
DPHSS will begin administering the second dose during the three-day vaccination clinic to those who received their first dose between Dec. 17 and 19, 2020. Those who are due for their second dose are reminded to bring their immunization card to the vaccination clinic so it may be properly documented.
Individuals who have received the Covid-19 vaccine are encouraged to register for the tool called v-safe, offered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a Covid-19 vaccination.
Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the Covid-19 vaccine. Depending on your answers, someone from CDC may call to check on you. V-safe will remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one. Sign up for v-safe with your smartphone’s browser at https://vsafe.cdc.gov.