Launch of Guam COVID vaccine booster program imminent

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Guam vaccination clinic (PNC file photo)

The launch of the COVID booster program on Guam is imminent, the chairman of the governor’s Physicians Advisory Group said.

According to PAG Chair Nathaniel Berg, Guam already got full approval from the federal government to deploy and administer the booster shots.

However, Berg said the Department of Public Health and Social Services needs to draw up the rules and regulations for the booster shot program to avoid a “free for all” situation.

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“So the final approval from the CDC came out on Thursday night or Friday. But Public Health still needs to present a plan on how to administer the booster shots on Guam. It has to determine who the priorities are,” Berg said in an interview with NewsTalk K57’s Patti Arroyo.

According to the recently released CDC guidelines, those who can get booster shots include:

= People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,

= People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,

= People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and

= People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

“On Guam, we want the boosters for the vulnerable population, those over say about 60 as well as those with significant comorbidity conditions who are at risk. And importantly, really importantly, for our health care workers. Like I said, CDC already approved us for booster shots. We just need to get a plan from Public Health as to how they’re going to distribute the vaccines in a logical way,” Berg said.

Otherwise, Berg warned that Public Health will just get requests all over the place.

As soon as Public Health releases its plan, Berg said the plan will be presented to both the Physicians Advisory Group and to the governor’s advisory team for approval and rapid implementation.

“We expect this to happen this week,” Berg said.

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