By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Guam's age threshold for vaccine eligibility lowered to 16
The Vaccine and Antiviral Prioritization Policy Committee has expanded the Covid-19 vaccine eligibility criteria to residents ages 16 years and older, effective immediately, the Office of the Governor announced today.
The committee said Guam Guam is expected to receive approximately 18,000 Pfizer-BioNTech doses, 12,000 Moderna doses, and 200 J & J/Janssen doses next month.
The lowering of the age threshold is anticipated to expedite Guam's goal of vaccinating 50 percent of the island's population prior to reopening of tourism on May 1, and 80 percent by July 21, Liberation Day.
A total of 30,735 individuals on Guam, about 18.5 percent of the island's population, have completed their vaccines as of March 21.
Officials said minors may only receive the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine as the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccines are not recommended for individuals below the age of 18 years.
Minors are required to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and provide government-issued identification to validate age. The parent or legal guardian will also be required to sign a consent form on behalf of the minor to receive the vaccine.
All residents 18 years of age or older are eligible for all three vaccine brands, though additional criteria apply to residents who wish to receive the J & J/Janssen Covid-19 vaccine.
Four new cases of Covid-19 were identified out of 585 tests performed by the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) on Sunday, March 21, and tests from additional labs from Friday, March 19 to Sunday, March 21.
One case reported recent travel history and was identified in quarantine.
To date, there have been a total of 7,784 officially reported cases of Covid-19 with 134 deaths, 27 cases in active isolation, and 7,623 not in active isolation. There is only one hospitalization.