Joint Information Center - JIC Release No. 726 July 16, 2021, 7:10 p.m. (ChST)

Joint Information Center - JIC Release No. 726 July 16, 2021, 7:10 p.m. (ChST)

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Joint Information Center - JIC Release No. 726
July 16, 2021, 7:10 p.m. (ChST)
 
COVID-19 Vaccination Data Update; Four of 290 Test Positive for COVID-19; UPDATED: COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Schedule; SNAP Supplemental Emergency Allotment (EA) Issuances for July 2021
 
COVID-19 Vaccination Data Update
“As Guam continues its goal of attaining 80% ‘herd immunity’ of its adult population to COVID-19, data indicates that certain ethnic groups must stand and be counted in the fight against COVID-19. Data also shows that unvaccinated individuals are at the greatest risk of spreading COVID-19, severe illness, and death,” said Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) Director Art San Agustin. 
 
Guam aims to vaccinate at least 80% of its adult population against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to achieve “population immunity.” Population immunity is the protection a community gains against an infectious disease when a high proportion of the population is immune to the disease, either through vaccination or immunity developed through previous infection. One of the aims of working towards population immunity is to keep vulnerable groups who cannot get vaccinated (e.g., due to health conditions like allergic reactions to the vaccine) safe and protected from the disease. 
 
In 2021, 92% of COVID-19 cases and all COVID-19-related deaths were among unvaccinated people on Guam. The island’s current vaccination rate has reduced the number of cases and hospitalizations due to COVID-19, but more needs to be done.
 
By ethnicity, the vaccination data show gaps in vaccination rates. According to DPHSS vaccination data, less than one-half (43%) of Chamorros are fully vaccinated, and less than one-third (30%) of Chuukese are fully vaccinated. For other Pacific Islander groups, the data shows Yapese at 64%, Palauans at 48%, Pohnpeians at 39%, Kosraean at 41%, and Marshallese at 34%. Asian groups on Guam have higher vaccination rates: Koreans at 73%, Chinese at 72%, Filipinos at 71%, and Japanese at 56%.
 
DPHSS relies on ethnicity data to identify health disparities for focused interventions and community outreach. Current ethnicity data shows that Chamorros (42%), Filipinos (29%), and other Pacific Islanders (13%) (e.g., Micronesians) comprise the majority (84%) of Guam’s total population.
 
Age Groups
COVID-19 vaccination data as of July 14, 2021, show that Guam is doing well in vaccinating those over 50 years of age. Guam has successfully fully vaccinated over 80% of people ages 50-74 years, 72% of those ages 40-49, and 69% of those over age 75.
 
Vaccination turnout has been low among the younger age groups: 30-39 years (57% fully vaccinated), 18-29 years (52% fully vaccinated), and eligible pre-teens and teens ages 12-17 (39% fully vaccinated).
 
The estimated proportion of the population vaccinated for COVID-19 by ethnicity is based on 2020 population projections from the Guam Statistical Yearbook (Guam Bureau of Statistics and Plans, 2018). Until the 2020 U.S. Census data for Guam are released, estimated populations are being utilized.
 
DPHSS compiles data on COVID-19 vaccinations for Guam’s civilian population via a secure health program called Guam Immunization Registry, or GuamWebIZ.
 
Results: Four New Cases of COVID-19
Four (4) new cases of COVID-19 were identified out of 290 tests performed on July 15. Two (2) cases were identified through contact tracing. To date, there have been a total of 8,477 officially reported cases of COVID-19 with 142 deaths, 111 cases in active isolation, and 8,224 not in active isolation. The CAR Score is 0.7. 
 
Operation Liberate Guam update: To date, a total of 93,404 or 77.81% of adults have received either both doses in the two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) or the single-dose series (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen) of the COVID-19 vaccine. 
 
COVID-19 Vaccination Schedule 
COVID-19 vaccination clinics continue at the locations and times below. Bring a photo ID. Those due for their second dose are reminded to bring their COVID-19 immunization card. To view the complete schedule of COVID-19 vaccination clinics, visit dphss.guam.gov/vaccinategu
Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and provide government-issued identification to validate age. Minor’s birth certificate is acceptable. Parent/legal guardian must have a government-issued ID. Guardians must also present legal guardianship or power-of-attorney document. 
UOG FIELDHOUSE COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINIC  
Saturday, July 17   
8 a.m. - 
6 p.m. 
 
UOG Fieldhouse, Mangilao 
Register at  tinyurl.com/vaxguam
Vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson
Bring appointment confirmation and proof of identity. Walk-ins welcome.
 
Monday, July 19 - Tuesday, July 20  
Saturday, July 24, 
Monday, July 26 - Saturday, July 31
12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.   
   
COMMUNITY COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINIC    
 
Sunday, July 18 




11 a.m. - 
6 p.m. 
Micronesia Mall, 2nd Floor, Above Center Court, Dededo
Register at  tinyurl.com/vaxguam
Vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson
Bring appointment confirmation and proof of identity. Walk-ins welcome.
   
Saturday, July 17 Saturday, July 24  Micronesia Mall, 2nd Floor, Above Center Court, Dededo
Register at tinyurl.com/covidstopswithme
Vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson
Bring appointment confirmation and proof of identity. Last appointment at 6 p.m. Walk-ins welcome.
   



Monday, July 19
9 a.m. - 
1 p.m. 
Farmers Co-op Market, Dededo 
Drive-thru Testing and Drive-thru Vaccination
Vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen
   
9 a.m. - 
12 p.m. 
DPHSS Northern Region Community Health Center, Dededo
Vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson
Call 635-4418/7400 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins welcome.
   



Tuesday, July 20
9 a.m. - 
12 p.m.
DPHSS Southern Region Community Health Center, Inalåhan
Vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson
Call (671) 828-7604/5/7518 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins welcome.
   
 
3 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
GHURA GH48 Basketball Court, Dededo
Vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson
Call 311 and select OPTION #2 Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. if you are homebound and would like to schedule a visit at a later date. Walk-ins welcome.
   
Friday, July 22 1 p.m. - 
4 p.m.
DPHSS Northern Region Community Health Center, Dededo
Vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson
Call (671) 635-4418/7400 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins welcome.
   
Saturday, July 24 11 a.m. - 
6 pm.
Micronesia Mall, 2nd Floor, Above Center Court, Dededo
Register at tinyurl.com/covidstopswithme
Vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson
Bring appointment confirmation and proof of identity. Last appointment taken at 6 p.m. Walk-ins welcome.
   
 
Free COVID-19 Testing Schedule
COVID-19 community testing continues. No symptoms are needed to qualify for testing. Bring a photo ID. Results available onsite. Testing for travel purposes will not be conducted at these community testing sites. Call the DPHSS Northern Region Community Health Center at 635-7525/6 to schedule an appointment for COVID-19 testing for travel. Priority is given to patients under investigation and those traveling for medical purposes. Only four (4) people per vehicle are allowed to be tested. 
 
COVID-19 COMMUNITY TESTING SCHEDULE  
Monday, July 19 9 a.m. – 1  p.m.,
first-come, first-served
Farmers Co-op Market, Dededo  
Tuesday, July 20  9 a.m. – 12  p.m.,
first-come, first-served
Old Carnival Grounds, Tiyan, Barrigada  
   
 
SNAP Supplemental Emergency Allotment (EA) Issuances for July 2021
The Department of Public Health and Social Services announces that the SNAP Supplemental Emergency Allotment for July 2021 will be released on July 16, 2021. The benefits will be electronically loaded into the SNAP recipients’ EBT cards.
 
Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the numbers below.
  • BES North (Dededo) at 635-7488/7484/7439/7396/7429
  • BES Central (RAN-Care) at 300-8853/8854/8850/8865
 
For the latest information on COVID-19, visit dphss.guam.gov or guamrecovery.com. For inquiries on COVID-19, contact 311 through a local number, or call the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10. 
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