90% of GMH staff fully vaccinated
More than 90 percent of the Guam Memorial Hospital's staff have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, hospital officials announced today.
“Reaching our 90 percent vaccination goal truly shows how committed our staff is to ensuring patient safety," said Lillian Perez-Posadas, the hospital's CEO.
With a high vaccination rate, Perez-Posadas said GMH is now much better prepared to handle incoming emergencies, elective surgeries, out-patients and other medical services.
"Everyone coming through our doors can rest assured that GMH staff remain on guard and continuing our above-standards Covid-control measures,” Perez-Posadas said. The GMH encourages remaining staff, both clinical and non-clinical, to get vaccinated. At this time, vaccinations are on a voluntary basis for all GMH staff. “The ultimate goal is of course vaccinating 100 percent of eligible staff. Reaching 90 percent so far is an incredible accomplishment and we’reoptimistic that we can get to the finish line,” said Perez-Posadas. While vaccination clinics are available at different community sites, GMH also offers vaccines to patients who agree to receive the inoculation at the hospital.
GMH said at least 219 community members have received their first dose at the the hospital. “It has been a long battle over the past year and our staff have worked tirelessly to support the community in getting to where it is now," said Dr. Joleen Aguon, GMH associate administrator for clinical services.
"We’ve always had extremely high standards for Covid-precautions within our walls and knowing 90% of our staff is vaccinated, is an even greater layer of defense,” she added.