Governor doesn’t extend deadline for GovGuam mandated vaccination

Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio gets his second COVID vaccination shot courtesy of Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero who is a registered nurse. (PNC file photo)

Friday, Sept. 24, was the deadline for GovGuam executive department employees to have their required COVID-19 vaccination and Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero is not extending the deadline.

Senator Frank Blas Jr. has asked for a delay in the implementation of the COVID vaccination mandate to provide the time necessary to address the valid concerns brought by members of the island’s workforce who are both vaccinated and unvaccinated.

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Specifically, Blas is asking for a delay in the implementation of Executive Order 2021-17, which requires GovGuam executive branch workers to vaccinate against COVID-19, and Executive Order 2021-20, which requires employees in establishments to get vaccinated or be subjected to weekly testing to keep their jobs.

But the governor said they are moving forward with the deadline as planned.

“We have thoroughly discussed this, we have made the decision based on information from all of the advisors. And so we are going to move forward with the executive order. We need to move on, we can’t delay it, because vaccination is our ticket back to a normal life,” Leon Guerrero said in an interview with NewsTalk K57’s Patti Arroyo.

Besides, the governor said some 90 percent of GovGuam’s workforce have already been vaccinated anyway.

“In some agencies, all of their employees are already vaccinated. I know that we are up there in vaccination,” the governor said.