COVID-19 Vaccine: Get the Facts

More Than

53,000

Doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered on Kauai
(as of April 15, 2021)

Kauai is now in Phase 2: General Population

Pfizer and Moderna vaccines available

Kauai District Health Office
COVID-19
Vaccine Allocation Survey


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. 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.

The vaccines produced by Moderna and Pfizer are currently available. No Johnson & Johnson appointments will be scheduled until further federal guidance is received.

Health officials encourage all Kauai residents 16 and older to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Kauai rejoined the Safe Travels program for Trans-Pacific travel on April 5, 2021.

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

 

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

“More visitors and residents traveling to and from the island poses the risk of disease introduction. Vaccination protects our residents, our loved ones, and our community.”

Graphic revised as of April 2, 2021 showing the State of Hawaii’s current COVID-19 vaccine distribution progress according to 6 of the state’s major islands, titled: COVID-19 vaccination: Find out if it’s your turn. Kauai: Phase 2. Oahu: Phase 1c. Molokai: Phase 2. Lanai: Phase 2. Maui: Phase 2. Hawaii Island: Phase 2. Explanation of phases: Phase 1a, healthcare personnel, long-term care facility residents. Phase 1b, first responders, frontline essential workers, adults 75 years of age or older. Phase 1c, adults 60 years of age or older, persons with certain chronic medical conditions, incremental rollout of other essential workers. Phase 2, persons 16 years and older not in other categories. End of graphic. 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 two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are widely available on Kauai. The Pfizer vaccine is available for Kauai residents age 16 or older while the Moderna vaccine is available for Kauai residents age 18 or older. Vaccine appointments can be made at Walmart, Kaiser, Safeway, Longs, Wilcox Medical Center, Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital (KVMH), Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital, and the Department of Health clinic at the War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihue.

Veterans under VA care are eligible to receive vaccine through the VA. Existing Hoola Lahui patients can make appointments through their clinics.

Please note: there is a national pause on the administration of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine. For more information, please read the press release from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0413-JJ-vaccine.html. No Johnson & Johnson appointments will be scheduled until further federal guidance is received.

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

Patients will select two appointments. 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.

If you need language assistance, 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 vaccine manufactured by Moderna has 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.

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

 

English Language Assistance

Walk-in language assistance is available without an appointment at the Department of Health clinic at the War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihue. If you know someone who needs language assistance, help is available:

Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 4191 Hardy Street in Lihue.

  • Ilokano: Walk-ins idtoy Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall ket mabalin uray no sino man nga adda limitado ngabassit ti Ingles ken haan pay nga naka appointment.
  • Tagalog: Walk-ins sa Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall ay malugod ding tinatanggap para sa sinumang may limitadong kaalaman sa wikang Ingles at hindi pa nakapaggawa ng appointment.
  • Marshallese:Nan aolep ro im ejjelok appointment rej riwainen in ilok nan war memorial conventikn hall en. Im bar einwot ro rejjab lukkun jela kajin palle im rej jab maron koman air appointment.
  • Spanish: Las visitas sin cita previa al Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall también son bienvenidas para cualquier persona que hable inglés limitado y no haya podido hacer una cita.

Vaccine Clinics on Kauai

Department of Health Clinic at the War Memorial Convention Hall

No appointment needed for age 60+ or those in need of language assistance

The Department of Health vaccine clinic at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihue is now accepting walk-ins for residents age 60 and older, and those needing language assistance. The vaccine manufactured by Moderna is available at this location.

If you are a resident age 60 or older and haven't been able to schedule your appointment yet, please come to the Convention Hall Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays between 9 and 11 a.m. and we will take care of you on site. Please make sure to bring a cell phone or access to an email address. Please note, walk-ins are only being offered at the War Memorial Convention Hall site. All other clinics and all other age groups require an appointment.

All residents age 18 or older can make an appointment at this clinic. To sign up, please complete the Kauai District Health Office COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Survey. After completing the survey, you will receive an email with instructions on how to register your account and schedule your appointment.

Graphic showing a patient receiving vaccine. The Department of Health vaccine clinic at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihue is now accepting walk-ins for residents age 60 and older. The vaccine manufactured by Moderna is available at this location. Clinic hours or operation are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays between 9 and 11 a.m.


Hospital Clinics

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. To make an appointment at a hospital clinic, please visit:

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.


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.


Longs Clinics

Mahalo to CVS/Longs for providing vaccinations to Kauai residents.

Appointments can be made at Longs Drugs locations in Lihue, Eleele, Koloa, and Kapaa. Vaccine type varies week to week by location depending on what is received through the Federal Retail Pharmacy program.

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, then click “In a priority group” and select your relevant group. 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

Mahalo to Safeway for providing vaccinations to Kauai residents.

Appointments can be made at Safeway locations in Lihue and Kapaa. Vaccine type varies week to week by location depending on what is received through the Federal Retail Pharmacy program.

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

Mahalo to Walmart for providing vaccinations to Kauai residents. Vaccine type varies week to week by location depending on what is received through the Federal Retail Pharmacy program.

Appointments can now be made at Walmart in Lihue.

To make an appointment at Walmart, please visit:

http://www.walmart.com/COVIDvaccine


Hoola Lahui Clinics

Kauai residents who are established patients at Hoola Lahui can also schedule vaccine appointments at their locations.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.hoolalahui.org/


Veterans

The VA Pacific Islands Health Care System is vaccinating all veterans enrolled in VA healthcare. Veterans call 1-800-214-1306 to schedule an appointment.

For more information, please visit:

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


Which Vaccine Will I Get?

Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which require two doses, are widely available on island. The Pfizer vaccine is available for Kauai residents age 16 or older. The Moderna vaccine is available for Kauai residents age 18 or older.

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.

Please note: there is a national pause on the administration of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine. For more information, please read the press release from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0413-JJ-vaccine.html. No Johnson & Johnson appointments will be scheduled until further federal guidance is received.

Kauai hospital clinics are administering the two-dose Pfizer vaccine. The Department of Health clinic at the War Memorial Convention Hall and the Kaiser Permanente clinic are administering the the two-dose Moderna vaccine. At Longs, Safeway, and Walmart clinics, vaccine type varies week to week by location depending on what is received through the Federal Retail Pharmacy program.

Patients will select two appointments. 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.

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/