COVID-19 Vaccinations from island to island

Hawaii health officials stated that clinics are struggling with short supply of COVID-19 vaccines, however, there are several ways people can make appointments for a shot across the islands.

Oahu – Oahu is in the early stage of the Phase 1B vaccination plan. This means prioritizing people who are 75 and up. Essential workers, like teachers, are also being vaccinated at some locations.

There are two mass vaccination sites prioritizing kupuna: One at the Blaisdell, run by the Queen’s Health Systems, and one at Pier 2, run by Hawaii Pacific Health.

Kaiser Permanente Mapunapuna Medical Office is holding a mass vaccination event this Saturday. Anyone 75 and up can sign up. Meanwhile, Adventist Health Castle in Windward Oahu is now vaccinating essential workers, as well as kupuna.

Those who are aged 65 to 74 and people with high risk medical conditions and other essential workers are next in line in the state’s vaccination plan. According to the state’s latest data, more than 105,000 shots have been administered on Oahu while 202,000 have been administered statewide.

Hawaii County – Essential government workers, frontline medical workers, and first responders are also getting their shots.

Signup for kupuna is available online. The state Department of Health has also begun the process of reaching out to essential frontline workforce, beginning with the energy, transportation and education sectors.

DOH has sites at Kona Aquatic Center, Waiakea Recreation Center and the Hilo Civic Parking Lot. There is also the Bay Clinic, KTA, West Hawaii Community Health Center and the Hamakua Kohala Health Center. All sites require registration.

If you need help by phone, you can call the Hawaii County District Health Office at (808) 300-1120. According to the county’s website, in the coming days, availability in clinics will open to other essential workers and kupuna 65 years and older.

Maui County – Most sites are only scheduling second doses of the vaccine due to limited supply.

County officials stated that there will be limited first shots for health care workers and those 7 and up. Officials with Maui Memorial said they will begin to give the first dose to some priority individuals who had their appointment canceled in January because of the shortage.

Even though new appointments are hard to come by on Maui, officials urge folks to monitor their website for more information. Plans for a drive-in clinic like the one held at the University of Hawaii Maui College are being planed.

Molokai is already in Phase 1C. The island is offering shots to people 65 and older along with those with medical conditions. Molokai could be the first island to vaccinate all willing residents. Lanai is focusing their efforts on the most vulnerable.

According to the most recent data from the DOH, more than 14,000 people have been vaccinated on Maui. If you need more information, the Maui District Health Office’s number is 808-984-8200.

Kauai County – Health officials said that because Kauai is smaller, the vaccine rollout has been able to reach more groups of people.

Essential workers such as USPS employees, teachers, public transit workers, farmers, grocery store workers and more are eligible to get the vaccine. If you think you qualify for the vaccine as an essential worker on Kauai, you can register online.

The Kauai Agency on Elderly Affairs can help folks who need help with online registration their number is (808) 241-4470.

County officials said more than 14,000 people have received a dose in Kauai. They said all of their sites can offer more vaccinations when the supply increases. They plan to move into Phase 1C when supply allows.

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