Mission accomplished: Guam reaches 80% vaccination goal; restrictions lifted but masks still required

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Acting governor Joshua Tenorio, speaking during a live news conference from the UOG Fieldhouse, said 80 percent of Guam’s eligible adults have received either both doses of the two-dose series Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single-dose series Johnson and Johnson vaccine. (PNC photo)

At 2:50 pm Thursday afternoon, Guam reached its target of 80 percent full vaccination rate.

A total of 96,066 residents on island above 18 years of age have been fully vaccinated representing 80.03 percent of the island’s total vaccination rate.

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Acting governor Joshua Tenorio, speaking during a live news conference from the UOG Fieldhouse, said 80 percent of Guam’s eligible adults have received either both doses of the two-dose series Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single-dose series Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

“Every shot administered in the arms of Guam’s people has served as a seal. Defending our community from this deadly virus, we continue to encourage every eligible individual who has not received their shots to get vaccinated,” Tenorio said.

Now that Guam has reached the 80 percent target of Operation Liberate Guam, Tenorio said Executive Order 2021-16 will come into effect, lifting restrictions effective 12:01 of July 30.

The restrictions that will be lifted include limitations on all social gatherings and social distancing requirements, except in school settings based on the applicable guidance memorandum from the Department of Public Health and Social Services.

The requirement of operations on an appointment-only basis will also be lifted.

The mask mandate will remain in place for every individual over the age of two at all businesses and services, and in congregate settings whether indoors or outdoors. But all businesses and services are to be allowed to operate at full capacity.

In addition, Tenorio said the public health emergency has been renewed until August 30, 2021, and Guam continues to remain under Pandemic Condition of Readiness 3.

“As these restrictions are lifted, we ask that everyone on the island continue to abide by the DPHSS COVID-19 safety guidelines. With the rising threat of the Delta variant across the nation, we must continue to press forward until we have achieved 100% herd immunity,” the acting governor said.

He said the administration will continue to facilitate more vaccination clinics in an effort to continue to give vaccination access to all of our island’s people to ensure an “impregnable
landscape” can be achieved.

“Once again, I appeal to all eligible members of our community to get vaccinated as
it is free, accessible, and effective. I give my thanks and appreciation to every acting individual who has served to protect our island from the scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic. Your resilience, patience, and eagerness to get Guam back to social and economic vitality are commended and cherished. The fight is not over yet,” Tenorio said.

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