Clarification: Public Well being just isn’t taking appointments for the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Residents will quickly have extra choices for getting the COVID-19 vaccine as extra suppliers are capable of administer it.
American Medical Middle was the primary enrolled supplier to get a batch of COVID-19 vaccine, Division of Public Well being and Social Providers spokeswoman Janela Carrera stated.
Public Well being supplied 300 doses to AMC this week and are working to offer different enrolled suppliers the vaccine as soon as they meet storage and dealing with necessities for it, she stated.
The company has at all times had a aim to companion with non-public suppliers to supply extra choices for residents to get the vaccine, she stated. Public Well being reached out to suppliers final yr who already companion with the company to offer out flu pictures to ask in the event that they needed to supply COVID-19 vaccine pictures, she stated. Having different choices will assist ease the lengthy traces and wait instances at Public Well being vaccination clinics, she stated.
Non-public clinics necessary
Dr. Hoa Nguyen, who leads American Medical Middle and is the chairman of the governor’s Doctor Advisory Group, stated he is pushing to get different suppliers to get the vaccine.
AMC utilized to offer the vaccination on the clinic and was the primary to be authorized after assembly the federal tips for storage and dealing with, he stated. He stated it is necessary that clinics like AMC, FHP and SDA are given the vaccine as a result of they see quite a lot of sufferers who meet the necessities to obtain the vaccine.
Nguyen hopes Public Well being will approve different suppliers who’ve signed as much as give the COVID-19 vaccine quickly.
“That may actually assist to place out quite a lot of vaccines for the individuals of Guam,” he stated.
Many manamko’ ages 60 and older go to the clinics for normal visits and it’s extremely handy to have the ability to give the COVID-19 vaccine whereas they’re there, Nguyen stated.
“It helps Public Well being distribute the vaccine to the general public,” he stated.
As a result of AMC has a restricted variety of doses, it is prioritizing sufferers who’ve present appointments and meet the 60 years and older standards, he stated. The clinic is making a waitlist that it will possibly faucet to make sure the doses aren’t wasted, he stated.
The clinic additionally will assist Public Well being with homebound manamko’, Nguyen stated.
“Something that may assist Public Well being and the individuals of Guam, we’re gonna attempt to do in our personal capability,” he stated.
Smoother course of
Public Well being will proceed offering the Moderna vaccine to manamko’ ages 60 and older on the Southern Area Neighborhood Well being Middle in Inarajan. The clinic continues beginning at 8:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday and can present the vaccine as much as 250 individuals a day on a first-come, first-serve foundation.
On Wednesday, 700 individuals have been seen on the Okkodo Excessive College clinic.
Carrera stated the company has been capable of get the method to be smoother, which has created little to no site visitors.
The previous two weeks, site visitors backed up as tons of of individuals tried to get the vaccine. Public Well being opened the clinic in Inarajan and gave vaccines to Guam Regional Medical Metropolis to assist cope with the crowds.
Carrera stated Public Well being is not administering any first dose of the Pfizer vaccine proper now; it is ready for the following cargo of the vaccine. The remaining doses are reserved for these needing the second dose and they’ll have the ability to get them at future vaccination clinics, she stated.
Those that might have missed their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine can attain out to Public Well being to see when will probably be out there at a future clinic, she added. However most individuals who wanted their second dose have gotten it and there could also be just a few who’ve missed out for no matter purpose, Carrera stated.
Public Well being is anticipating a further 7,200 Pfizer vaccine doses this month and extra 7,800 Moderna doses, she stated. Public Well being has additionally requested a further 40,000 vaccines and hopes the federal authorities will approve the request, she added.
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