Kauai Vaccine Clinics | Oahu Vaccine Clinics | Vaccine FAQs

Hawaii Pacific Health has administered more than 7,000 vaccines to frontline health care workers as part of Phase 1a of the State of Hawaii’s vaccination plan. As this effort continues, the state is preparing to move into Phase 1b of the plan, which includes adults ages 75 and older and essential workers.

Hawaii Pacific Health will begin administering the vaccine to adults ages 75 and older at clinics on Kauai starting on January 15 and the week of January 18 on Oahu.

Additional details on clinic dates, hours and locations for each island are listed below. Vaccinations will be by appointment only; no walk-ins will be accepted at the clinics.

Hawaii Pacific Health patients are encouraged to sign-up for or activate their MyChart accounts as it will be the easiest way to schedule vaccination appointments when they become available. Sign-up for MyChart here.

As the supply of vaccine increases, it will be made available to more groups in the coming months. For more information on the state’s distribution plan and priority groups, visit HawaiiCOVID19.com/Vaccine.

For more information about the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan and the vaccination timeline for priority groups, visit HawaiiCOVID19.com/Vaccine.

The following Hawaii Department of Health timeline provides estimated dates of when the vaccine will be available to the different priority groups:

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A STATEMENT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REGARDING ESSENTIAL WORKERS (1/15/21)

At this time online registration provided for COVID-19 vaccinations at the Pier 2 POD (point of dispensing) is limited to people age 75 and older.  This access to online registration is consistent with the Department of Health emphasis on kupuna occupying a place high atop the Phase 1b priority group.

The Department of Health continues to deliver ways frontline essential workers can arrange to be vaccinated.

Thousands of frontline essential workers including police officers, fire fighters, paramedics, and public safety workers have already been vaccinated.  The Department of Health is working directly with specific employers to identify employees working in critical frontline positions.  People identified through this process are being scheduled for vaccinations at various PODs.

In addition, the Department of Health is developing an online site where individuals who hold positions as frontline essential workers will be able to register.  The Department of Health expects this website will to be added to hawaiicovid19.com in about a week.

Kauai Vaccine Clinics for Ages 75 and Older

Wilcox Medical Center will offer COVID-19 vaccines for people ages 75 and older by appointment only beginning January 15.


LOCATION

Wilcox Medical Center
3-3420 Kuhio Highway, Lihue


DATES AND TIMES

By appointment only.


HOW TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

Appointments can be scheduled as follows:

  • If you are already a patient of Wilcox Medical Center or Kauai Medical Clinic and have a MyChart account, you will receive a notification through MyChart to schedule an appointment.
  • If you are already a patient of Wilcox Medical Center or Kauai Medical Clinic and do not have a MyChart account, sign-up for a MyChart account as soon as possible as it will be the easiest way to schedule an appointment. Sign-up for MyChart here

If you are not already a patient of Wilcox Medical Center or Kauai Medical Clinic or if you do not already have a MyChart account, fill out our online appointment request form. Instructions to schedule your appointment will be sent via email or a representative will follow up to schedule your appointment. Fill out the form online at WilcoxHealth.org/Vaccine.

What you need to know in preparation for your COVID-19 vaccine appointment: View Flyer


Oahu Vaccine Clinics for Ages 75 and Older

Hawaii Pacific Health will offer COVID-19 vaccines for people ages 75 and older by appointment only beginning January 18.


LOCATION

Pier 2 Cruise Terminal
521 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu


DATES AND TIMES

By appointment only.


HOW TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

Appointments can be scheduled as follows:

  • If you are already a Hawaii Pacific Health patient and have a MyChart account, you will receive a notification through MyChart to schedule an appointment.
  • If you are already a Hawaii Pacific Health patient and do not have a MyChart account, sign-up for a MyChart account as soon as possible as it will be the easiest way to schedule an appointment. Sign-up for MyChart here

If you are not already a patient of Hawaii Pacific Health or if you do not already have a MyChart account, fill out our online appointment request form. Instructions to schedule your appointment will be sent via email or a representative will follow up to schedule your appointment. Fill out the form online at HawaiiPacificHealth.org/COVIDVaccine.

Please expect a response within 3 business days.

What you need to know in preparation for your COVID-19 vaccine appointment: View Flyer

 


 

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FAQs

Following are common questions and answers about the safety of the vaccine and the process for vaccination. If your question is not answered in the FAQs below, there are links provided to additional resources for more information about the vaccine.

 

  • Vaccine Safety

    Why should I be vaccinated for COVID-19?

    Scientific evidence indicates that getting a COVID-19 vaccine can prevent you from getting seriously ill from COVID-19. It can also help protect people around you, particularly those at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

  • How do we know that these vaccines are safe when they are so new?

    COVID-19 vaccines were tested in large clinical trials to make sure they meet safety standards. The vaccines were developed more quickly than ever before, but the science needed to accomplish this has been built up over many years to be ready for just this kind of situation and to respond to the need. Over 40,000 people participated in these trials to study how the COVID-19 vaccines offer protection to people of different ages, races, and ethnicities, as well as those with different medical conditions.

    As more people get vaccinated, safety monitoring will continue. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has an independent group of experts that reviews all the safety data as it comes in and provides regular safety updates. If a safety issue is detected, immediate action will take place to determine if the issue is related to the COVID-19 vaccine and determine the best course of action.

  • I hear that the vaccine can make me sick. Is that true?

    Some people may experience side effects that include pain and swelling at the injection site, headache, fever, muscle aches and being very tired. These side effects may start within a few hours after you receive the shot and be mostly gone by about 36 hours after the shot.

    It is important to know that fever is not dangerous and actually helps your body’s immune system react to something identified as foreign (in this case the vaccine). Many adults rarely experience fever, so it is common to become worried about something that doesn’t happen often. We recommend using acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) as needed to keep yourself more comfortable while waiting for the fever to pass. It is also a good idea to make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids because you may lose more body fluids while you are feverish.

    Cough, shortness of breath, runny nose or loss of taste/smell are not consistent with post-vaccination symptoms.

  • Can I catch COVID-19 from the vaccine?

    No. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines include pieces of mRNA molecules that make proteins to stimulate your body's immune system into making protection against the virus.

  • Is there anyone who should not get the vaccine?

    You cannot receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine if you have a history of severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to any component of the vaccine including:

    • Polyethylene glycol (PEG)
    • Lipids
    • Potassium chloride or potassium phosphate
    • Sodium chloride or sodium phosphate
    • Sucrose

    The vaccine has not been well studied in pregnant and breastfeeding/lactating women. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should discuss whether to receive the vaccine with your personal physician. The discussion should include the consideration of your risk of exposure to COVID-19 versus your level of concern regarding the unknowns of the vaccine.

  • Can I receive the vaccine if I am on immunosuppressive medications/therapies or on biologic treatments?

    There is no data currently available to establish safety and efficacy of vaccine in these groups, who may be at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease. These individuals may receive the vaccine unless otherwise contraindicated if they choose to do so after discussion with their personal physicians.

  • I already had COVID-19. Is it recommended that I get the vaccine?

    People who have been sick with COVID-19 and who have recovered are unlikely to be able to catch it again for at least 90 days, so it is recommended that you not be immunized soon after you recover from COVID-19.

    Those who tested positive but showed no symptoms may not have created a strong immune response and should be immunized when the vaccine is available.

  • Can anyone get the COVID-19 vaccine?

    The vaccine will not be available to everyone initially due to limited supply. According to federal and state agencies who have determined priority groups to receive the vaccine, the first group will be health care workers and long-term care facility residents.

    The vaccine supply is anticipated to increase in the weeks and months that follow, and the plan is to have the vaccine available at doctor’s offices, retail pharmacies and hospitals.

  • Should children get the vaccine?

    Children are not among the priority group for early vaccination, as the vaccine studies have not yet included children less than 16 years of age.

  • How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

    The Pfizer vaccine is about 95% effective. Protective immunity builds up by four weeks and early studies of the vaccine demonstrate immunity sooner than that. Two shots are needed to attain full immunity.


  • Vaccination Process

    What is the cost to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

    The vaccines are being provided for free, but there may be an administrative fee to cover the cost of setting up vaccination clinics and giving the shots. Most insurance providers (including Medicare and Medicaid) will cover those fees.

  • How many doses does the vaccine require?

    Nearly all COVID-19 vaccines being studied in the United States require two shots. The first shot starts building protection, but everyone has to come back a few weeks later for the second one to get the most protection the vaccine can offer.

  • Once I have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, do I still have to worry about catching COVID-19? How long will the protection last after vaccination?

    The studies that have been done prior to releasing the vaccines all suggest that a very high level of protection is expected, but there has not been enough time to know how long that protection will last. Studies will be ongoing. It is recommended that we continue the measures known to reduce risk of becoming infected with COVID-19: hand hygiene, face covering, and social distancing.

  • Can I stop wearing a mask and avoiding close contact with others after I have been vaccinated?

    It will be important that you still wear your mask, practice physical distancing and keep your hands clean in an effort to protect others. Even once vaccinated, there is the chance of having the COVID-19 virus in your nose and respiratory tract that could be passed on to non-vaccinated people.

  • How do I report it if I have a problem or bad reaction after getting a COVID-19 vaccine?

    Safety is a top priority. The CDC and FDA encourage the public to report possible side effects (called adverse events) to the national Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Healthcare providers will also be required to report certain adverse events following vaccination to VAERS. They will also have to adhere to any revised safety reporting requirements according to FDA’s conditions of authorized use throughout the duration of any Emergency Use Authorization.

    In addition, the CDC is implementing a new smartphone-based tool called v-safe to check in on people’s health after they receive a COVID-19 vaccine. When you receive your vaccine, you should also receive a v-safe information sheet telling you how to enroll in v-safe. If you enroll, you will receive regular text messages directing you to surveys where you can report any problems or adverse reactions you have after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Can I sign up on a waiting list to receive the vaccine?

    We know many of our patients are interested in getting the vaccine as soon as possible. With the anticipated demand for the vaccine exceeding the supply that will be distributed to each state, federal and state agencies have determined priority groups to receive the vaccine based on their risk of getting COVID-19. Because there are these pre-determined groups for receiving the vaccine, we will not be keeping waiting lists.


  • Additional Resources for Vaccine Information

    Where can I find more information about the COVID-19 vaccine?

    The New England Journal of Medicine has published an article regarding the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine. It is available online here.

    The CDC website also provides extensive information on the COVID-19 vaccine, including safety, efficacy, vaccine development, recommendations and more. Visit the CDC website here.

    The Hawaii Department of Health has also made information available online about the vaccine and the state’s distribution plans. Visit HawaiiCOVID19.com/Vaccine.