Virtual town hall meeting for parents to discuss vaccination of school children

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“It didn’t hurt,” said Isabella Puzan, 10, of Talofofo, during the first day of pediatric vaccination. (File photo courtesy of Guam Guard)

The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS), with the assistance of the Guam Department of Education (GDOE), is hosting a virtual town hall meeting for parents via Zoom on Friday, December 10, 2021, at 6:00 p.m.

Earlier this week, on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, the GDOE shared a link for an online DPHSS survey for parents of elementary school-aged students. This survey will collect data on parent and guardian thoughts and concerns in regards to their children getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Results, questions, and concerns collected through this survey will be shared and addressed at the town hall meeting on Friday.

Members of the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) team will facilitate the presentation and address the concerns of the community. Participants will also have the opportunity to share their concerns and interact with officials at GDOE.

“Parental input and consent are critical if our public health officials want to maximize efforts to vaccinate children in the 5 to 11 age group,” said Superintendent Jon Fernandez. “Based on the survey responses that we hope to receive soon as well as the discussion with parents at the town hall later this week, we will be better able to determine whether and how parents prefer to vaccinate their children. We don’t move forward until our parents have the opportunity to weigh in.”

The Zoom session has a maximum capacity of 500 participants and will also be live-streamed on the GDOE Facebook page. Here is the Zoom link for the virtual town hall meeting: https://zoom.us/j/99199748915.

For parents and guardians interested in taking the online survey for their elementary school-aged students, here is the link: tinyurl.com/dphssvaxsurvey21.

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