Guam to waive quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travelers
Incoming travelers who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to stay at a government quarantine facility effective Saturday.
"Travelers availing of this exemption shall be required to self-monitor for Covid-19 symptoms and comply with applicable (Department of Public Health and Social Services) guidance, including for verification requirements," Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero states in her new directive.
The quarantine policy adjustment goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on May 15.
Guam remains in Pandemic Condition of Readiness 3, during which most activities are permitted to operate under moderate restrictions.
Effective at 8 a.m, on Saturday, the threshold on social gatherings and congregations will be raised to 100 persons.
Guam has also expanded the age eligibility for vaccination, following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.
Effective immediately, adolescents 12 years of age and older may receive the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.
"Minors who are 12 to 17 years of age may only receive the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine as the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (J & J/Janssen) vaccines are not recommended for individuals below the age of 18 years," according to the Joint Information Center.
Officials said minors must 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.
The government has identified 29 new positive cases of Covid-19 since Monday. The largest number identified in a single was reported Wednesday. A total of 17 new cases were identified out of 829 tests performed on May 11. One case reported recent travel history and was identified in quarantine. Five cases were identified through contact tracing.
To date, there have been a total of 8,063 officially reported cases of Covid-19 with 139 deaths, 81 cases in active isolation, and 7,843 not in active isolation. The CAR Score is 0.4.
On Thursday, the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) confirmed two separate incidents in which two individuals tested positive for Covid-19. The first positive case was identified as an employee at Tamuning Elementary School and the second positive case was identified as an employee at F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle School.
"In collaboration with DPHSS, GDOE is conducting ongoing contact tracing to identify and notify individuals who were in close contact with these individuals," officials said. "These individuals will be placed in quarantine and/or isolation until they are cleared by DPHSS. Areas of both school campuses have been cleaned and disinfected. Regular hours of operation will continue on Friday, May 14."