GDOE kicks off its first vaccination clinic at Tiyan High School

GDOE Tiyan vaccination clinic. (PNC file photo)

The Guam Department of Education’s first COVID-19 vaccination clinic opened at Tiyan High school on Monday.

Five hundred doses of the Pfizer vaccine were available to students ages 16 years and older.

GDOE Interim PIO Michelle Franquez, who was present at the clinic, says that although the number of people getting the vaccine wasn’t as high as they anticipated, it was still an overall good turnout.

“This was our pilot clinic so it’s a learning experience. We’re trying to see what works best for our students as well as their parents and guardians. As with this vaccination, students must have a parent or a legal guardian present with them to be administered,” Franquez said.

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She added: “We understand there might be some parents who are hesitant in their child receiving the vaccination. However, today, we have our counselors, as well as our GDOE social workers who are here to speak with the parents and give them a little bit more information and reassurance as to the safety of their child receiving the vaccination. So they are more than welcome, even if they don’t want to have their child vaccinated today, they can actually speak to our social workers and our health counselors with a little bit more information about receiving the vaccine as well as the side effects or the safety precautions of taking it as well.”

GDOE plans to have the vaccination clinics on Mondays with next Monday, April 12, from 9 am to 2 pm, to be held at Okkodo High School.

They will not open the clinic on April 26 as it’s their development day

Franquez says that the COVID-19 vaccination clinic is also open to the public. Those interested can schedule an appointment online.