16 years above vaccine eligibility approved; Guam to get 32,200 doses for April

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The Vaccine and Antiviral Prioritization Policy Committee (VAPPC) approved to expand the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility criteria to residents ages 16 years and older, effective immediately.

Minors 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.

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, though additional criteria apply to residents who wish to receive the J & J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

The committee also received updates on Guam’s April COVID-19 vaccine allocation. Guam is expected to receive approximately 18,000 Pfizer-BioNTech doses, 12,000 Moderna doses, and 200 J & J/Janssen doses next month. The VAPPC will continue to meet as needed to discuss all vaccine-related matters.