Administration officials promote ‘Vaxx Friday’

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COVID-19 vaccination at UOG. (PNC file photo)

Administration officials, playing on the term “Black Friday,” are encouraging unvaccinated residents to participate in “Vaxx Friday” and make time to get vaccinated while going on their Black Friday shopping rounds.

According to Dr. Nathaniel Berg, the chairman of the Governor’s Physicians Advisory Group, it was state surgeon Dr. Michael Cruz who coined the term “Vaxx Friday.”

“I wish I could take credit because it’s a nice term but Dr. Michael Cruz came up with the term Vaxx Friday so that as we go out and shop and do things for our family, the best gift you can give yourself or your family members is to get vaccinated, get your kids vaccinated, or get that third dose too,” Dr. Berg said in an interview with NewsTalk K57’s Patti Arroyo.

He added: “The third dose is something that we really think will help us not have another wave. Our concern is that months from now, people may have less protection. So we are making it more convenient to get vaccinated and get booster shots.”

DPHSS Chief Public Health Officer Chima Mbakwem said the UOG and community health center vaccination facilities are open as well as private clinics.

“We don’t stop vaccinations. The venues might change. But what is consistent is that we always provide vaccination for those who need vaccination,” Mbakwem said.

As of November 24, a total of 125,151 of Guam’s eligible population (residents 5 years and older) is fully vaccinated. 2,257 residents 5 – 11 years old received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech two-dose series. 15,758 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, 8,780 doses of the Moderna, and 231 doses of the Johnson and Johnson/Janssen vaccine have been administered as boosters to eligible residents.

Here are today’s free vaccination and COVID-19 schedules and locations:

FREE COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINICS (AGES 5 AND OVER)

Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson

Every day EXCEPT

Thursdays and Sundays

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

University of Guam Field House, Mangilao

Register at tinyurl.com/vaxguam

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments will be expedited. Please bring appointment confirmation and proof of identity. Last appointment is 30 minutes before closing.

Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sundays: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

DPHSS Northern Region Community Health Center, Dededo

Call (671) 635-4418/7400 to schedule an appointment. Last appointment is 30 minutes before closing. Walk-ins welcome.

Curbside vaccination available for people with disabilities.
Register at tinyurl.com/covidstopswithme

Tuesdays and Wednesdays:
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

DPHSS Southern Region Community Health Center, Inalåhan

Call (671) 828-7604/5/7518 to schedule an appointment. Last appointment is 30 minutes before closing. Walk-ins welcome.
Curbside vaccination available for people with disabilities.

Register at tinyurl.com/covidstopswithme

Saturday, December 11

4 p.m – 7 pm

Father Dueñas Memorial School Phoenix Center, Mangilao

Children’s first and second dose vaccination clinic. Will accommodate adults first, second and booster doses. Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines available.

Register at guamcovid.com

 

FREE COVID-19 COMMUNITY TESTING

For more information, visit dphss.guam.gov/covid-19-testing.

Friday, Nov. 26, Saturday, Nov. 27

8 a.m. –

12 p.m.

Old Carnival Grounds, Tiyan, Barrigada

Rapid COVID-19 testing will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Four per vehicle. No symptoms are needed. Bring a photo ID.

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