By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Age threshold for vaccination on Guam lowered to 40
DPHSS gets the green light to pilot mobile immunization clinic for FSM community
The Vaccine and Antiviral Prioritization Policy Committee on Monday agreed to expand the Covid-19 vaccine eligibility to adult residents 40 years and older effective Thursday, March 18.
In line with Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero’s plan to reopen the island to tourism on May 1, the VAPPC will consider expanding vaccination eligibility to tourism industry workers.
Currently, the Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association is conducting a count to determine how many individuals would need vaccines. These discussions were tabled to a later meeting, pending GHRA’s findings.
The committee also approved plans for the Department of Public Health and Social Services to pilot a mobile Covid-19 vaccination clinic for members of the FSM community.
The program will be implementedin partnership with the Federated States of Micronesia Consulate Office, FSM Association of Guam, American Medical Center, Guam Regional Medical City, and other community leaders and stakeholders from neighboring islands
Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero on Monday announced that her administration is targeting to get 50 percent of Guam's adult population fully immunized before the May 1 reopening of tourism.
The committee also discussed best uses of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen (J&J/Janssen) vaccine. As previously discussed during their March 9 meeting, the VAPPC heard considerations for populations that will best be served by the J&J/Janssen vaccine, including patients being discharged from the hospital.
The Department of Public Health and Social Services, in collaboration with the Mayors’ Council of Guam, Guam Department of Education, Guam Police Department, Guam Fire Department, and other GovGuam and federal agencies, continues Covid-19 community testing on Wednesday, March 17, and Friday, March 19, at the Old Carnival Grounds in Tiyan, Barrigada, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
DPHSS will offer up to 150 Covid-19 tests on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents are reminded that this event is only a Covid-19 community testing. No vaccinations will be offered at this location.
For the safety of the community and the nurses, only four people per vehicle are allowed to be tested. No symptoms are needed to qualify for testing. Please bring a picture ID.Covid-19 vaccination clinics resume on Tuesday, March 16 through Saturday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
These clinics will administer first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and second doses of both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is not available at the UOG vaccination clinic at this time.
Eligible residents are advised to schedule an appointment online via Eventbrite at the link provided above or click here. Eligibility is subject to change.
If scheduling an appointment is not possible, walk-ins will be accepted at a limited rate of 15 per hour. Walk-ins wishing to avoid longer wait times are discouraged from lining up prior to the 10 a.m. opening and are asked to expect reasonable delays.
Upon arrival, individuals 70 years and older will be sent to the front of the line. Please bring a digital or hard copy appointment confirmation, a photo ID, and proof of Guam residency (Guam Driver's License, Guam ID, green card, US or FSM Passport, H1B or H2B visas for skilled workers). Those due for their second dose are reminded to bring their Covid-19 immunization card. This ensures quicker processing and proper documentation.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), those due for their second dose of the vaccine may get their second dose up to four (4) days early. The CDC further states that if it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval and a delay in vaccination is unavoidable, the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may be administered up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose.