Vaccination clinics to resume once vaccine supply is restored

DPHSS vaccination clinic. The eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine has been expanded to adults age 50 and older effective Monday, March 15. (PNC file photo)

As the island continues toward achieving herd immunity, global demand for the vaccine will affect supply levels, which may affect vaccination clinics.

The Department of Public Health and Social Services’ (DPHSS) Immunization Program placed its order for 35,260 COVID-19 vaccines for March, with shipment expected the first week of March.

Once Guam’s vaccine supply is restored, mass vaccination clinics will resume, and additional vaccination clinics will prioritize those due for the second dose to ensure those individuals complete their vaccination series.

Mass vaccination clinics are anticipated to be scheduled as early as March 8, 2021. More information will become available through the Joint Information Center once it becomes available.

Short-term deferral of the second dose will not decrease the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine, nor will affected individuals be required to restart the vaccination series. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the second dose should be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible.

The CDC further states that if it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval and a delay in vaccination is unavoidable, the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may be administered up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose.

(JIC Release No. 585)