COVID vaccinations to focus next on homebound elderly, hemodialysis patients, and GPD

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Department of Public Health and Social Services (PNC file photo)

The Vaccine and Antiviral Prioritization Policy Committee (VAPPC) held its third virtual meeting Monday evening, during which the group further defined prioritizing subgroups within the Phase 1b category.

The VAPPC agreed to continue to focus on the 75 years and older age group as well as those who are homebound in that category. While continuing to prioritize this age group, DPHSS will collaborate with GPD to further refine their listing of first responders who are directly exposed to COVID-19 while on duty.

In addition to providing safety to the public, the VAPPC recognized the critical functions GPD provides during the pandemic as safety officers at the Government of Guam isolation and quarantine facilities, community testing, and at vaccination clinics, among other pandemic-related functions.

The VAPPC also agreed to prioritize hemodialysis patients at private dialysis clinics. DPHSS will communicate with the private dialysis clinics to schedule their patients for vaccination.

GBHWC Crisis Hotline

The Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center (GBHWC) has a Crisis Hotline that is available 24/7 at (671) 647-8833/4. For those feeling anxious, stressed, overwhelmed or are needing to talk to someone, GBHWC has experienced providers available and ready to assist the community with any heightened stress and anxiety experienced as a result of COVID-19.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit dphss.guam.gov or guamrecovery.com. For inquiries on COVID-19, contact 311 through a local number, or call the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

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