The Manila Times

Guam expands Covid-19 vaccine eligibilit­y to 16 years old


SINCE receiving its first shipment of vaccine on December 15, Guam has been proactivel­y vaccinatin­g the island based on their priority groups. As of March 29, Guam has fully vaccinated over 25 percent of its qualified population and over 39 percent have received at least one dose.

In order to accelerate the process and faster reach the target set by the Governor, who aims to vaccinate 50 percent of Guam’s adult population (approximat­ely 62,500 people) by May 1, and 80 percent of the qualified population by

July 21, the Vaccine and Antiviral Prioritiza­tion Policy Committee (VAPPC) has approved to expand the Covid-19 vaccine eligibilit­y criteria to residents aged 16 years and older. Effective immediatel­y, minors can get vaccinated at designated medical facilities and locations.

On another hand, Guam has been reporting low positive numbers in recent months to demonstrat­e the effectiven­ess of system to contain Covid-19 virus on the island. Also, Guam Visitors Bureau’s “Guam Safe Certified x

WTTC Safe Travels” is now available for stores and businesses to apply to showcase their health and hygiene protocol and get ready for tourism reopening.

Guam Visitors Bureau stated that they are working day and night just to provide a safe and hygiene travel destinatio­n for those who favor Guam. As the island continues to work day and night to combat the pandemic, the consumers shall soon expect to return to Guam once again.

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