Governor appeals for more vaccinations

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero and Dr. Mike Cruz during Monday afternoon's news conference. (PNC video capture)

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero today urged more residents to get vaccinated with two days to go before July 21, Liberation Day — the targeted date for Guam to get 80 percent of all adults fully vaccinated.

If Guam doesn’t get the 80 percent full vaccination rate on Wednesday, the governor said she won’t lift any more restrictions.

Moreover, the governor said the island will continue to be under PCOR-3 and because there are still positive cases that are being recorded, mask-wearing will continue.

According to the governor, a total of 93,958 adults, or 78.27% of adults have already received either both doses of Pfizer or Moderna in the two-dose series or the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

“We need over 2000 more adults to get fully vaccinated,” Leon Guerrero said.

According to the governor, there are still over 4700 residents who are due for their second dose.

“That is why now I appeal to you, those of you who came out to get your first dose, but miss your second dose, complete your vaccination now,” Leon Guerrero said.

The Department of Public Health and Social Services is now doing “phone banks” to reach these residents who, for whatever reason, didn’t get their second film.

“I cannot stress this enough… the vaccine is free … the vaccine is accessible, and the vaccine works,” Leon Guerrero said.

In line with the governor’s push, the island’s COVID vaccination clinics have expanded their hours and extended their locations.

The UOG Fieldhouse has extended vaccination hours tonight and on Tuesday from 8 am to 6 pm.

In the south, the DPHSS southern regional health center will be open Tuesday at 9 am to 12 noon while up north, there will be a vaccination at the GHURA GH48 basketball court in Dededo from 3 pm to 6:30 pm.

Dr. Michael Cruz, the governor’s chief medical advisor, also stressed that vaccination is the main weapon for battling the emerging Delta variant of the virus which is presently wreaking havoc in the mainland.

Cruz added that vaccination doesn’t change a person’s DNA contrary to media reports.

“So please, I recommend that you get the vaccination. Protect our community, protect our manamko. We want to reopen. We want to get back to some normalcy and we just have a little bit more to go, so please come out and get your vaccinations,” Cruz said.