COVID vaccination eligibility expanded to 50 and older, prison population

DPHSS vaccination clinic. The eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine has been expanded to adults age 50 and older effective Monday, March 15. (PNC file photo)

During their weekly virtual meeting Tuesday, the Vaccine and Antiviral Prioritization Policy Committee (VAPPC) officially approved the expansion of eligibility of the COVID-19 vaccine to adults age 50 and older effective Monday, March 15.

The VAPPC also officially expanded eligibility of the COVID-19 vaccine to the prison population as wards of the state, effective immediately.

Members also discussed options for administering the J&J/Janssen vaccine and agreed to prioritize the single-dose vaccine for the homeless population, homebound, and registered participants of the Adult Day Care and Senior Citizen Center programs.

Although no additional action was taken, members acknowledged requests to add the following to vaccination eligibility: employees in financial institutions, food and beverage employees, first-line food suppliers, instructors in non-academic settings, media, and teams representing Guam in international competition.

These discussions were tabled to the VAPPC’s next meeting, which is tentatively scheduled for Monday, March 15.