COVID-19 Vaccine: Get the Facts

More Than

60,000

Doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered on Kauai
(as of April 29, 2021)

Kauai is now in Phase 2: General Population


All Kauai residents age 16 and older are now eligible for vaccine appointments.

The County of Kauai has eliminated all restrictions based on age category, health condition, and essential worker status. 

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.

Individuals with a history of severe allergic reactions should consult their doctor prior to making an appointment and may not be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

No vaccines are currently approved for children younger than 16.

Health officials encourage all Kauai residents 16 and older to schedule an appointment as soon as possible, now that Kauai has rejoined the Safe Travels program for Trans-Pacific travel.

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

 

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

“With more frequent travel to and from our island—by residents and visitors—we are seeing a rapid increase in new cases, including community spread. We can expect continued introduction and spread of variants. The best protection we have is to be vaccinated. Even after being vaccinated, it is essential that we continue to exercise caution: wear masks when around others, avoid large gatherings, keep your distance, and stay home if you are sick. If you are 16 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.

The State of Hawaii has resumed use of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine was paused for 11 days while the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration examined the risk of blood clots developing in people who receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The pause was lifted after determining the vaccine is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19, the risk of blood clots is very low, and the benefits of being vaccinated far outweigh any risk. For more information, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/JJUpdate.html

Residents 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.

The Pfizer vaccine is available for Kauai residents age 16 and older at Wilcox Medical Center, Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital (KVMH), Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital, and Safeway Lihue.

The Moderna vaccine is available for Kauai residents age 18 and older at Lihue Pharmacy, Kaiser, Walmart, Longs Eleele and Koloa, and Safeway Kapaa.

The one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine is available at Costco.

Veterans and their spouses and caregivers are eligible to receive vaccine through the VA. Existing Hoola Lahui patients can make appointments through their clinics.

The Department of Health clinic at the War Memorial Convention Hall is no longer accepting first-dose appointments or walk-ins. It remains open for second-dose appointments for those who received their first dose at this location. Please click here and scroll downwards for information on how to make an appointment at the clinic of your choice.

For more information on how each of the vaccines work, please click here. 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Visitors to Kauai are NOT eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine, even if they received their first dose prior to their trip. Please keep this in mind while planning travel.

 

Kauai Residents Age 16-17

Only the vaccine manufactured by Pfizer has emergency use authorization for people age 16 or 17. The vaccines manufactured by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson have FDA emergency use authorization for only people age 18 or older at this time. No vaccines are currently approved for children under age 16. Vaccinations are by appointment only; please do not walk-in without an appointment.

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

To sign up to receive your Pfizer vaccine at a hospital clinic, please visit:

To make an appointment at Safeway Lihue, please visit: https://www.safeway.com/pharmacy/covid-19.html

Minors 16 or 17 years old must be accompanied to their appointment by a parent or guardian.


Vaccine Clinics on Kauai

Department of Health Clinic at the War Memorial Convention Hall

The Department of Health clinic is no longer accepting first-dose appointments. It remains open for second-dose appointments for those who received their first dose at this location.

Please make your first-dose appointment at any of the locations below.


Hospital Clinics

*Saturday appointments available at Wilcox*

Mahalo to our hospitals for providing vaccinations to eligible Kauai residents age 16 or older. The hospitals are administering the vaccine manufactured by Pfizer.

Vaccinations are by appointment only; please do not walk-in without an appointment.

  • The Wilcox Memorial Center clinic in Lihue is open Wednesdays through Saturdays. To make an appointment at Wilcox, please visit: http://WilcoxHealth.org/Vaccine
  • The Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital (KVMH) clinic in Waimea is open Fridays. To make an appointment at KVMH, please visit: https://kauai.hhsc.org/
  • The Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital clinic in Kapaa is open Thursdays. To make an appointment at Mahelona, please visit: https://kauai.hhsc.org/

If you are a kupuna in need of assistance with the online appointment system for hospitals, 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 hospital of your choice if appointments are available.

Minors 16 or 17 years old must be accompanied to their appointment by a parent or guardian.


Lihue Pharmacy Clinic

*Evening appointments available*

Mahalo to the Lihue Pharmacy Group for providing vaccinations to Kauai residents age 18 and older.

The Lihue Pharmacy is administering the Moderna vaccine.

To make an appointment, call (808) 246-9100

The clinic is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 4491-A Kolopa Street next to State Farm, behind Safeway Lihue.

For more information, please visit: https://kauairx.com/covid-19-vaccine-clinic/


Kaiser Permanente Clinic

Mahalo to Kaiser for providing vaccinations to Kauai residents age 18 or older. Kaiser is administering Moderna vaccine at the Kaiser Permanente Lihue Clinic.

Both members and non-members can sign up for a vaccine appointment here: https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/hawaii/health-wellness/coronavirus-information/covid-vaccine.

The clinic is open by appointment only Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Costco Clinic

Mahalo to Costco for providing vaccinations to Kauai residents age 18 and older. Costco is administering the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine beginning Monday, May 3.

Weekday daytime appointments are available at Costco Lihue.

To make an appointment at Costco, please visit: https://www.costco.com/covid-vaccine.html


Longs Clinics

*Evening and Saturday appointments available*

Mahalo to CVS/Longs for providing vaccinations to Kauai residents age 18 and older.

Longs is administering the Moderna vaccine. Appointments are available at Longs Drugs locations in Eleele and Koloa.

To make an appointment at Longs, please visit:

https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine

  • Scroll down and select “Hawaii,” then “Schedule an appointment now”
  • Answer the pre-screening questions and click “Continue”
  • Select “I need to start vaccination” unless you already received a first dose
  • Select “Hawaii” from the menu
  • Enter your age, read and check the affirmation box, then click “Confirm eligibility”
  • Click “schedule dose” then enter your Kauai zip code
  • Schedule your appointments, if available

Telephone assistance is available at 1-800-746-7287, option 1.


Safeway Clinics

*Weekend appointments available*

Mahalo to Safeway for providing vaccinations to Kauai residents.

Safeway in Lihue is administering the Pfizer vaccine to residents age 16 and older. Safeway in Kapaa is administering the Moderna vaccine to residents 18 and older.

To make an appointment at Safeway, please visit:

https://www.safeway.com/pharmacy/covid-19.html

  • Under “Vaccine Availability,” click “schedule an appointment.”
  • Enter your Kauai zip code, click “search,” then confirm that you are eligible.
  • Answer the pre-screening questions and click “Continue”
  • Schedule your appointments, if available

Telephone assistance for the visually impaired available by calling 1-877-723-3929


Walmart Clinic

*Weekend appointments available*

Mahalo to Walmart for providing vaccinations to Kauai residents age 18 and older.

Walmart is administering the Moderna vaccine at Walmart in Lihue.

To make an appointment at Walmart, please visit:

http://www.walmart.com/COVIDvaccine


Hoola Lahui Clinics

Mahalo to Hoola Lahui for providing vaccinations to Kauai residents. Kauai residents can schedule vaccine appointments at Hoola Lahui clinics in Waimea and Kapaa, as well as at “pop up” community sites.

Hoola Lahu is providing the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, as authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Appointments can be made by calling 1-808-938-0938 

For more information, please visit:

http://www.hoolalahui.org/


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

 

Which Vaccine Will I Get?

The two-dose Pfizer vaccine is available for Kauai residents age 16 or older at Wilcox, KVMH, Mahelona, and Safeway Lihue.

The two-dose Moderna vaccine is available for Kauai residents age 18 or older at Lihue Pharmacy, Kaiser, Walmart, Longs Eleele and Koloa, and Safeway Kapaa.

The one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine is available at Costco Lihue.

Residents 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.

The Hawaii Department of Health has resumed use of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine was paused for 11 days while the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration examined the risk of blood clots developing in people who receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The pause was lifted after determining the vaccine is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19, the risk of blood clots is very low, and the benefits of being vaccinated far outweigh any risk. For more information, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/JJUpdate.html

Taking the vaccine is completely optional. It is being distributed at no cost. The vaccines currently approved are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, or death due to COVID-19.

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

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recently released updated guidelines for people who have been vaccinated. For more information, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html

People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If it has been less than 2 weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated.

 

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/