Vaccinations continue this week and wait times have significantly been reduced since last Saturday when Public Health redirected Phase 1A and 1C to different clinics.
Public Health has minimized long wait times since diverting Phase 1 A health care workers to GRMC and the Phase 1C Manamko 60 years and older to Okkodo and the Southern Region Health Center in Inarajan.
At the vaccination clinic in Okkodo, Acting DPHSS PIO Grace Garces Bordallo said that by just focusing on the manamko, they can now bring in those from the Phase 1B 75 years and older seniors who did not receive their first dose of the vaccine weeks prior.
“We welcome them. We definitely want to vaccinate those who are seniors and our seniors identify as those who are 60 years of age today and older. Today, we had someone who’ll be 101 years old, so yes we do welcome those who didn’t get vaccinated in December,” Bordallo said.
Bordallo also stressed the importance of not mixing the vaccines after getting the first dose and receiving the second dose
“We’re doing the Moderna Vaccines right now. Unlike the Pfizer vaccine, we are asking those who do their first shot of Moderna to come back 28 days later, that’s 4 weeks later for their second shot. If you got the Pfizer vaccine, then you have to stick with Pfizer. If you got the Moderna Vaccine, your second dose must be Moderna,” Bordallo said.
She added: “Both vaccines are two-dose vaccines, so to be fully vaccinated so you must come back for your second vaccine.”
Those who received Pfizer for their first dose must take their 2nd dose after 21 days.
Public Health advises residents to check with their free eligibility screenings before receiving the COVID-19 vaccines. If residents have recently gotten other vaccines such as the flu or shingle shot, they must wait two weeks before receiving the COVID-19 vaccines.
Additionally, for those residents who already received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, Public Health has already reserved their second dose as they have monthly allocations with both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.
Public Health is continuing its COVID-19 vaccination clinic for Phase 1C for Moderna vaccines — which is for individuals 60 years and older — on Wednesday, January 13, at Okkodo High School starting at 8 a.m.