Vaccination wait times improving; Public Health lauds partnership with GRMC

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The vaccination clinics continue at Okkodo High School and the southern health center. (File photo by Julianne Hernandez)

The wait times during Saturday’s vaccinations were not as bad as previous days and the Department of Public Health and Social Services attributes this to their constant tweaking of the system and their partnership with the Guam Regional Medical City.

DPHSS public information officer Janela Carrera told PNC: “Every day gets a lot better and we improve our system. At the end of each day, we sit down and discuss how we can improve our systems.”

Public Health was able to tackle the long waits and long car lines issue with their partnership with GRMC.

Although there was still a long line of cars seen early Saturday morning for the vaccination clinic at Okkodo High School, it had decreased significantly by noon.

Carrera says that their partnership with GRMC helped a lot to alleviate the long wait time.

“What we did a little bit differently today is we asked those who were due for their second dose if they can go to GRMC. So GRMC has definitely stepped up to the plate and been such a great partner with us and they decided they’re going to take all of of those who are due for their second dose at GRMC. Those who are our manamko, seniors ages 60 and older, we’re going to take all of them here, at Okkodo,” Carrera said.

Carrera said because of the high number of manamko residents wanting to be vaccinated, Public Health increased the number of vaccine distribution from 350 to 700 doses for Saturday.

At GRMC, they administered about 275 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to health care personnel for their second dosages but Public Health also gave the hospital about 80 cases of the Moderna vaccines in case those under the Phase 1A category had not yet received their first dosage.

The Public Health clinic in Inarajan was also operational, administered 200 doses and took an additional 50 individuals, but reached their maximum capacity by 8:30 am.

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