A total of 7,200 Moderna vaccines have arrived on Guam, completing the Moderna January allocation for the Department of Public Health and Social Services.
This will fully immunize 3,600 individuals since Moderna is also a 2-dose vaccine, just like the Pfizer vaccine.
However, the Pfizer vaccine’s two doses are spaced only 21 days apart while the Moderna vaccine is spaced 28 days apart.
On the other hand, the Moderna vaccine does not require the same ultra-cold storage as the Pfizer vaccine does.
This is why the Moderna vaccine is deemed better suited for distribution to private clinics on the island that don’t have the extreme refrigeration equipment required by the Pfizer vaccine.
DPHSS continues to work with a number of enrolled clinic providers to ensure they meet U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria for storage and handling and other requirements for the Moderna vaccine.
Upon meeting these requirements and as DPHSS provides Moderna vaccines to enrolled providers, patients will have expanded options for COVID-19 vaccination at the various healthcare clinics.
This is expected to further lessen the lines at the existing vaccination sites.