The first of two mass vaccination sites on Oahu will launch Monday at Honolulu’s Pier 2 Cruise Ship Terminal amid a push to rapidly increase the number of people getting shots each day.
Hawaii Pacific Health, the main operator of the clinic, said it has 20,000 doses set aside to distribute at the site. Priority will go to seniors 75 and older, first responders and front-line essential workers by appointment only. The health provider began contacting patients eligible for the shots randomly and has opened an appointment system on its website.
Once a person gets a shot at the site, their appointment for a second dose will be scheduled.
Queen’s Health Systems will manage the second site at the Neal Blaisdell Center and said it will also launch a portal to allow people to get an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine.
Dr. Jill Hoggard Green, Queen’s President and CEO, said she hopes the site will ramp up to 3,000 vaccinations a day but believes it will start at about 1,000. “There is nothing more important to us than getting everyone vaccinated,” she said.
As of Wednesday, at least 40,386 individuals had started immunization by getting at least their first of two doses, and a total of 109,250 doses had been delivered in the islands.
For more information on how to get an appointment, visit the COVID-19 State of Hawaii Portal.