Public Health to continue COVID testing and vaccinations this week

COVID community testing was held Monday at Guam Community College. (PNC photo)

Public Health will continue its vaccination clinics later this week as part of a plan to alternately provide testing and vaccination to the community.

On Monday morning, Public Health staff resumed the COVID-19 community drive-thru testing this time at the Guam Community College from 8 a.m. to around noon.

The first hour was reserved for GCC students, faculty, and staff.

At the testing site, Public Health spokesperson Janela Carrera says that aside from the community testing Monday and Tuesday, they have scheduled vaccination clinics for January 7 to 9.

Public Health received its second shipment of Moderna vaccines early Saturday morning. The latest shipment consisted of 6,300 doses, bringing Guam’s total of Moderna vaccine doses to 7,600. This supply will fully immunize 3,800 individuals.

After the vaccination clinic from Thursday to Saturday, Public Health will open up again for community testing sometime next week.

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“That is the plan. That is something that the Governor wanted…to continue to do community testing for the public. It helps give us an idea of what we are at in terms of test positivity rate,” Carrera said.

She added: “So it is very important, just as important as vaccinating our people, so we will continue to offer community testing as well.”

Public Health will be back Tuesday, Jan 5 at GCC to offer free COVID-19 testing to the community.

Public Health is also reminding everyone that for the safety of the community and the nurses, only four people per vehicle are allowed to be tested. No symptoms are needed to qualify for testing.