GHRA holds successful vaccination clinic; hopes for approval of a 2nd one

GHRA vaccination at the Hyatt (PNC photo by Isaiah Aguon)

Hotel and food service workers had an opportunity to get vaccinated on Tuesday but not all bookings showed up at the free clinic.

The Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association held a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Hyatt Regency Guam.

GHRA did a survey specifically for employees of hotels, motels, short-term vacation rentals, restaurants, bars, food trucks, and taverns, earlier this year.

The goal is to get all workers vaccinated in the hotels and lodging services as well as workers in the food and beverage industries by May, just in time for the re-opening of the island’s tourism industry.

The clinic offered 100 doses of the Pfizer vaccine for 16-and-17-year-olds and 500 doses of the Moderna vaccine for 18 years and above.

The Guam Regional Medical City, American Medical Center, Public Health, and the Guam National Guard are contributors to the vaccination clinic.

GHRA President Mary Rhodes says that they were able to vaccinate almost 600 individuals.

Rhodes stated that their clinic had 3 boxes of vials unopened and were returned back to Public Health.

She further stated that the clinic had a 4.6% no show which would equal to about 29 people who did not commit to their appointment.

The UOG vaccination clinic normally has an average of 15% of no shows.

Rhodes hopes that Public Health would approve GHRA to run a second vaccination clinic.

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“That really is a matter for our Governor of Guam’s reopening task force which GVB and GHRA both sit on. And so we’re working with the Guam National Guard. They are the ones who work with the Department of Public Health and Social Services to secure the vaccines for all the vaccine clinics. We’re hoping that this project with the worksite vaccinations would be approved for additional vaccines in the April allocations,” Rhodes said.

Public Health has placed an order of over 42,000 vaccines, according to the JIC.

The association expects to hear approval from the Governor by early April.