COVID-19 Vaccine: Get the Facts

If you are a health care worker, first responder, USPS worker, education or childcare worker, public transit employee, public utilities worker, food/agricultural worker, or a grocery store worker and HAVE NOT been registered to receive vaccine through your employer, please click here and complete the DOH-Kauai District Health Office COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Survey. Please make sure all your information is entered correctly as this is what will be used to register you in the federal system. We will evaluate and process your request as quickly as we can. We greatly appreciate your patience.


For Our Kupuna 75 and Older

Mahalo to our hospitals for providing vaccinations for our Kupuna 75 and older. To sign up to receive your vaccine, please visit:

(KVMH or Mahelona) https://kauai.hhsc.org/covid-19-vaccination-information/

(Wilcox) http://wilcoxhealth.org/Vaccine

If you need assistance with the online appointment system, please see if a friend or family member can help you. If not, please call the Agency on Elderly Affairs at (808) 241-4470 and they can help you to schedule your appointment at the location of your choice.

Timeline graphic revised as of 1/12/2021 showing the State of Hawaii’s current and anticipated COVID-19 vaccine distribution process, titled: Where Are You in the Vaccine Timeline? First section of the timeline: We are here, healthcare personnel, long-term care facility residents. Second section of the timeline: We are here, first responders, frontline essential workers, adults 75 years of age or older. Third section of the timeline: Spring 2021, adults 65 to 74 years, persons 16 to 64 years with high-risk medical conditions, essential workers not included in the previous group. Fourth section of the timeline: Summer 2021, persons 16 years and older not in other categories. End of timeline. Frontline essential workers are defined as workers who are in sectors essential to the functioning of society and are at substantially higher risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2. Details on vaccine distribution and supply are being regularly updated with new guidelines from the CDC and other authorities. Please keep informed by visiting HawaiiCOVID19.com/vaccine

The first COVID-19 vaccines are here on Kauai. On December 21, 2020 Kauai received its initial shipment of vaccines and began vaccinating healthcare workers that day. Residents of long-term care facilities received vaccines through direct federal contracts with CVS and Walgreens. Those vaccinations began on December 28, 2020. First responders and frontline essential workers such as utility workers and airport personnel with frequent contact with travelers started receiving vaccinations on December 29, 2020.

So far, more than 5,000 doses have been administered to healthcare workers, first responders, education and childcare workers, public transit employees, long-term care residents and other frontline essential workers.

Kauai hospitals began vaccinating our kupuna aged 75 and older as of January 15. Local Hawaii State Department of Health clinics are focusing on frontline essential workers from the following sectors: education and childcare, food and agriculture, manufacturing, United States Postal Service and grocery stores.

Two vaccines have been authorized by the FDA for emergency use. The first, developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, was authorized by the FDA on December 11, 2020. The second, developed by Moderna, was authorized by the FDA on December 18, 2020.

The State of Hawaii's vaccine plan recommends that the vaccine be provided to certain high-risk individuals first. These high-risk individuals include:

  • Healthcare workers, broadly defined as those who work in the field of healthcare and provide direct or indirect patient care as well as workers who provide transportation, environmental services and other healthcare facility services who are at risk of exposure
  • Long-term care facility residents
  • Frontline essential workers – examples include first responders such as police and firefighters, corrections officers, public transit workers, education and childcare workers, food and agriculture workers, and utility workers
  • Adults 75 years and older

The initial shipments are of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Both vaccines require two doses of the same vaccine, separated by 3 and 4 weeks, respectively. Vaccines from other companies will be available as they achieve FDA EUA status and go into production and distribution.

Learn more about the different vaccines at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines.html

Vaccine supplies will increase over time and are expected to be more widely available in spring or early summer 2021 including at doctor’s offices, retail pharmacies and hospitals. Other groups will be offered COVID-19 vaccine as national and state supplies allow.

Taking the vaccine is completely optional and is being distributed at no cost. While the vaccination process is underway, all Kauai residents should wear masks, practice physical distancing and avoid large gatherings.


Headshot of Dr. Janet Berreman, M.D., M.P.H.

Health Officer for the Kauai District Health Office

Dr. Janet Berreman, M.D., M.P.H.

“Vaccines are the key to protecting our kupuna, first responders, health care workers, rebuilding our economy and being able to hug our loved ones and see our friends again. Taking the vaccine is completely voluntary. If we do this together, we can save lives and bring back our Kauai way of life. Our hope is that 70 percent or more of Kauai residents choose to get vaccinated. The sooner we are vaccinated, and the more who are vaccinated, the better our chances of stopping the spread and gathering safely once again.”