- By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Guam eyes 80% immunization by July 21
Updated: Jan 28, 2021
The government of Guam has set a goal to immunize 80 percent of the island's population by July 21, Guam's liberation Day, in a symbolic move to "liberate" the island "from this invisible enemy," Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said Wednesday.
"Between 70 to 80 percent will create protection and will create the needed herd immunity to make sure that when we do get the virus, we won't be as sick, we prevent admission to the hospital and prevent deaths," Leon Guerrero said during the Guam Chamber of Commerce's general membership meeting held virtually.
Janela Carrera, communications director for the Department of Public Health and Social Services, said Guam has received a total of 34,300 doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
According to the Joint Information Center's latest release, Guam has administered 22,049 doses as of Jan. 27, accounting for 13 percent of Guam's population.
"We are working to reach the goal on July 21, which is our Liberation Day and we are wanting to to make that even a more significant liberation to say that we have been liberated from this invisible enemy," the governor said.
The Guam National Guard, in partnership with DPHSS and the University of Guam, is holding daily Covid-19 vaccination clinics through Jan. 30 at the UOG Fieldhouse from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The clinics are open to the public for Phase 1c (individuals 60 years and older) in need of their first or second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Residents are advised to schedule an appointment online via Eventbrite.
"Similar to Guam's occupation during WWII, we have been invaded by an enemy that takes lives and restricts our freedoms," the GUNG said in a press release. "Our mission is to fight back by putting vaccines in arms. The goal of Operation Liberate Guam is to achieve 80 percent vaccinated herd immunity on or before July 21, 2021 - Guam's Liberation Day."
According to the latest Covid-19 test results released by JIC Jan. 27, two were identified positive out of 516 tests performed Tuesday, Jan. 26. One case reported recent travel history and was identified in quarantine.
To date, there have been a total of 7,568 officially reported cases of Covid-19 with 129 deaths, 88 cases in active isolation and 7,351 not in active isolation.