Guam is on the list to receive COVID vaccines from the federal government though it’s unclear WHICH one we’ll be getting and when.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is footing the cost and allocating the vaccines throughout the U.S. and the territories.
There are two vaccines that could possibly come to Guam.
The Pfizer product is said to be 90% effective while the Moderna is closer to 95% efficacy.
A large consideration for Pfizer is the ultracold temperatures needed to store the inoculant which only has a lifespan of 5 days.
The two vaccines have yet to receive FDA Emergency Use Approval.
“My information says that they’re planning to submit that data by the end of this week or early next week. When the FDA gets that data and they review it, they also give it to an independent review board to also go through it and they do that to dilute any political interference or special interest conflicts or anything like that,” Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said.
The Governor says Guam has submitted its distribution plan and is awaiting the next steps from the feds.
Leon Guerrero says it looks promising for the vaccines to be on the island in the first quarter of next year though the exact amount we’d be getting is unknown.
The priority on Guam, according to the Governor, would be the elderly, most medically-vulnerable, and healthcare workers.
A big unknown surrounding the vaccine is what the uptake will be among the population.
Lillian Perez Posadas, the administrator at GMH, says healthcare workers there seem to be all in.
“We’re doing a poll among our staff, asking if they’d be interested and about 72%… between 72-80% are saying yes, they will take the vaccine,” Posadas said.
The Governor says she’s looking to petition to make Guam’s preference the Moderna product since it lasts longer, up to 30 days, and doesn’t need the ultra-cold freezers to store.
GMH says it’s working to source vendors for the freezers, just in case Pfizer is what we end up getting.