Guam at 49.1% vaccination rate; ‘Path to Half’ as good as reached

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Guam vaccination clinic (PNC file photo)

With only three days left before the May 1 deadline of having at least half of the island’s adult population vaccinated, Guam is already comfortably within reach of attaining its target.

According to Dr. Mike Cruz, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero’s chief medical adviser, as of Wednesday morning, Guam already had a 49.1 percent vaccination rate.

And this still does not count the vaccination figures from yesterday where there are additional 600-plus second-dose vaccinations.

Cruz also said that they will have more final numbers from the Department of Defense vaccinations because DoD only submitted the total number of doses given as opposed to how many were second doses.

“So rest assured, that we’re going to get the 50 percent, if not today, most certainly before the May 1 deadline,” Cruz said.

The governor has promised to ease restrictions on visitors to Guam by May 1 if 50 percent of the island’s adult population is vaccinated under the administration’s “Path to Half” initiative.

If “The Path to Half” is reached, Guam will make adjustments to its quarantine requirements and there will be an exemption process to government and home or self quarantine.

For example, if travelers, whether resident or non-resident, whether from the US or otherwise, enter Guam with a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival, they can avoid quarantine (both government and home/self) but they must download the COVID Alert App and must enroll in SARA Alert for 14 days.

If the travelers do not have a negative test, they will be required to follow the current protocol and go through government quarantine.

Other conditions that need to be met include a CAR score that is below 2.5 and COVID-19 hospitalizations of less than 10. The CAR score is currently 0.9.

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