Vaccination numbers up; more than 20,000 have already signed up for ‘Vax N Win’

COVID-19 vaccination at UOG. (PNC file photo)

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has given an update on Guam’s latest COVID vaccination statistics, saying the island is making steady progress on her vaccination goal for this Liberation Day.

“As we approach the July 21st date, I’m very confident…our team is very confident…that we’ll reach the 80% of the eligible population..the adult population…in terms of herd immunity,” Leon Guerrero said in an interview with NewsTalk K57.

The governor said about 69% of adults on Guam have already been vaccinated.

To meet her goal of 80%, 13,253 more people will need to receive the COVID vaccine.

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To encourage more people to get vaccinated, the governor announced the “Vax N Win” program on Friday.

The program aims to provide an incentive for people to become fully vaccinated.

Starting June 16th, those who are fully vaccinated will be eligible to enter a weekly contest to win prizes.

Those 18 years old and older can win a cash prize of $10,000 or a new car.

Those 17 years old and younger can win a $500 gift certificate from the Micronesia Mall.

Aside from the grand prizes, other prizes are available as well.

The contest will run from June 16th up until Liberation Day on July 21st.

GVB spokesperson Josh Tyquiengco told Newstalk K57 that about 19,000 people had already signed up for the program and the number could be past 20,000 now.

The governor said that there had been an immediate reaction to the Vax and Win program even during the press conference.

“During the press conference, we were tracking it, and within I think like five or ten minutes of the conference, there were maybe like already 300 people that were signing up for entry. I just wanted to also let people know, because sometimes they’re not too clear about it, that those that have been vaccinated are eligible. So, of course, there are others that aren’t eligible, like cabinet members as you mentioned, but those that have been vaccinated can enter and are eligible to win,” Leon Guerrero said.

The governor also gave an update on the latest vaccine shipment.

With less than 6 weeks to go until the Liberation Day deadline, the governor said she’s ready to push the vaccines out as quickly as possible.

“Johnson & Johnson vaccines have just come in. There are about 8,400 of those one-shot vaccines. So we’re pretty good and very much poised and positioned to move these vaccinations forward in a very aggressive way,” the governor said.