The CNMI received the 400 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine yesterday, according to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.
According to a CHCC Facebook post, it said the vaccine is for Saipan residents who are 65 years and older and will be administered at the Medical Care and Treatment Site at the back of the Commonwealth Health Center on Navy Hill.
CHCC chief executive officer Esther Muña said in the Facebook post that the 400 doses will allow CHCC to advertise the vaccine to draw in the man’amko so that they can call and CHCC will be able to arrange when they will start administering the doses.
Muña said that the process of getting the vaccine will be the same as getting the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, although, unlike these two vaccines that require two inoculations, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be administered just once.
COVID-19 in Guam
Four new cases of COVID-19 were identified out of 313 tests performed last March 9, according to the Joint Information Center on Guam. One case reported recent travel history and was identified in quarantine.
To date, there have been a total of 7,756 cases of COVID-19 in Guam, with 133 deaths, 23 cases in active isolation, and 7,600 not in active isolation.
As for vaccinations, JIC said that mass vaccinations will continue through March 13, from 10am to 5:30pm. Additionally, no first doses of the vaccine will be administered; however, first vaccinations will start on March 16.