COVID-19 Vaccine: Get the Facts

Everyone age 12 and older now eligible

 

On Kauai, everyone age 12 and older is now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.

The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for ages 12+ and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for ages 18+.

There is no charge for COVID-19 vaccines: they are free for all recipients. You do not need to have health insurance. You need a form of identification (such as drivers’ license, state ID card, passport, or other government-issued ID; it does not have to be a Hawaii state ID). You do not need to be a US citizen.

No vaccines are currently approved for children younger than age 12.

Health officials encourage all Kauai residents age 12 and older to schedule a vaccine appointment as soon as possible and help stop community spread of COVID-19.

If you are a kupuna in need of assistance with the online appointment systems, 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.

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

Kauai District Health Officer Dr. Janet Berreman, M.D. MPH

“In the last month we saw a rapid increase in new cases on Kauai, including community spread. We can expect continued cases and spread of new variants. The best protection we have is to be vaccinated. Even after being vaccinated, it is important to exercise caution and follow State mask regulations. Even those who are fully vaccinated should stay home when sick and consider being tested. If you are 12 years of age or older and have not been vaccinated, now is the time to get your vaccine. For those of you who have been vaccinated—mahalo for setting a good example and protecting our community. Please encourage others to do the same.”

Those being vaccinated against COVID-19 will make two appointments if signing up for the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or a single appointment if signing up for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If signing up for a two-dose vaccine, please make both appointments at the same location to ensure you receive the same vaccine and that your two doses are registered in the same system for a complete vaccination record.

Please click here and scroll downwards for information on how to make an appointment at the clinic of your choice.

For answers to frequently asked questions about the vaccines, please click here.

Please beware of scammers seeking to take advantage of the public’s interest in the vaccines. For tips on how to avoid a COVID-19 scam, please click here.



Children Ages 12 to 17

The FDA has authorized, and the CDC recommends, that everyone age 12 or older be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The vaccine manufactured by Pfizer received FDA emergency use authorization and was formally recommended for adolescents age 12 and older by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on May 12, 2021: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0512-advisory-committee-signing.html

The CDC Director said: “Though most children with COVID-19 have mild or no symptoms, some children can get severely ill and require hospitalization. There have also been rare, tragic cases of children dying from COVID-19…”

Dr. Berreman adds, “Fully vaccinated youth will not be excluded from school, sports, or work if they come in close contact with a case of COVID-19. Their parents and grandparents need not worry about students bringing COVID-19 home and infecting others.”

The Pfizer vaccine is currently available at hospital clinics, Safeway Lihue, and Longs Lihue.

Minors ages 12 to 17 years old must be accompanied to their appointment by a parent or guardian. Vaccine recipients must be 12 or older at the time of their appointment.

Please scroll down an appointment for the Pfizer vaccine:


 

Vaccine Clinics

Pfizer Vaccine Clinics

Kauai hospitals and the Lihue Safeway and Lihue Longs are now offering appointments for the Pfizer vaccine to everyone 12 and older. Weekend and evening appointments are available at select clinics. Please make both appointments at the same location to ensure you receive the same vaccine and that your two doses are registered in the same system for a complete vaccination record.

Minors ages 12 to 17 years old must be accompanied to their appointment by a parent or guardian. Vaccine recipients must be 12 or older at the time of their appointment. Please note, children under the age of 18 are not allowed in the vaccination clinic unless they are coming in with an appointment to receive a vaccination.


Moderna Vaccine Clinics

The Moderna vaccine is available to everyone age 18 and older. Weekend, evening, and early morning appointments at select clinics.

Please make both appointments at the same location to ensure you receive the same vaccine and that your two doses are registered in the same system for a complete vaccination record.


Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Clinics

The one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available to everyone age 18 and older.


Veterans

The VA Pacific Islands Health Care System is now able to offer vaccine to the following groups who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine at VA:

  • Veterans
  • Spouse of a Veteran
  • Caregivers of a Veteran
  • Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits

VA is providing the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, as authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Supply varies by facility.

To sign up to get a vaccine from the VA, please visit: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/stay-informed

Or call 1-800-214-1306 for assistance.

For more information:

https://www.hawaii.va.gov/services/covid-19-vaccines.asp



Beware of Scams

There has been an alarming increase in various types of COVID-19 scams across the nation.

Important tips:

  • No one can pay to “jump ahead of the line” and receive earlier access to a vaccination
  • No one who calls from the Hawaii State Department of Health or its trusted partners concerning the COVID-19 vaccination will ask you for a Social Security, bank account, credit card number or related personal information
  • Legitimate authorities do not ask for payment in exchange for the vaccine – just hang up

For more information, visit: https://hawaiicovid19.com/hawaii-department-of-health-warns-public-about-covid-19-scams/