Lieutenant Governor confident about Guam reaching herd immunity

Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio at the UOG Fieldhouse getting the first dose of his COVID vaccine. (PNC photo)

As the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expanded to adults 40 and above, many island residents signed up to take their first dose.

Among those who got vaccinated was Lieutenant Governor Josh Tenorio, joined by Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, who administered the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine to the Lieutenant Governor.

According to Tenorio, having the governor administer his first dose of the vaccine was very special, adding that he admires her dedication to the nursing profession and her leadership in Guam’s response and recovery efforts to achieve herd immunity.

When asked about his confidence in achieving 80% herd immunity by Liberation Day, as well as reopening tourism by May 1st, the lieutenant governor said:

“I’m very confident. All the signs and all the things are happening all in the right direction. A part of this responsibility for getting to herd immunity is making sure that our community comes out. If we don’t get the vaccination mark because the people are not coming out, then we’re going to be delayed. But I think seeing this process for everybody to see how easy it is, and how organized it is, you’d be very proud of our Team Guam out here, and if we all do what we need to do, we are going to meet and beat the deadline.”

Tenorio urged the community to continue working together as Guam prepares to expand vaccinations further. He hopes to set an example for those who are hesitant to receive the vaccination and encourage Guam’s youth to remain alert on how they can protect themselves, their families, and our island.

“What you can do to help protect your family and yourselves, and our island, I just challenge and encourage them to come out and get vaccinated. Don’t be too complacent, don’t be too comfortable. Sometimes, as we know, when things are all great, you’re on top of the world … then something happens. And we don’t want anything to happen to their families and their friends,” Tenorio said.