COVID-19 Vaccine: Get the Facts


The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for ages 12+ and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for ages 18+. You can choose which vaccine you want by clicking here.

You do NOT need health insurance - the federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance.

Walk-ins are welcome at most locations.

Health officials encourage all Kauai residents age 12 and older to get vaccinated as soon as possible and help stop community spread of COVID-19. Most of Kauai's recent cases have been unvaccinated.

Kupuna in need of assistance with the online appointment systems can call the Agency on Elderly Affairs at (808) 241-4470 and they can help.

Third doses are now available for immunocompromised individuals.

For information about Booster Vaccines and Third Doses for Immunocompromised Individuals, please click here






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

 

 

 

 

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

 

Unvaccinated residents continue to bear the greatest burden of COVID disease, hospitalizations, and deaths. Vaccines are free, safe, effective, and widely available on Kaua‘i. If you are not already vaccinated, please consider getting your first dose as soon as possible. When each of us is protected, our community is protected.


Vaccinated people can still get infected, but this happens at much lower rates than among unvaccinated folks, and their disease is much more mild. Getting a vaccine is kind of like wearing a seatbelt in a car – it’s not a guarantee you won’t get injured, but you’re a lot safer, and much less likely to die, with your seatbelt on.”


 

For COVID-19 testing information, click here

 

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

Hoʽōla Lāhui Pop-up Clinics

Free pop-up clinics operated by Hoʻōla Lāhui are open to ages 12 and older. They offer a choice of the Comirnaty vaccine (formerly known as Pfizer-BioNTech) for ages 12 and older, the Moderna vaccine for ages 18 and older, and the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine for ages 18 and older. No appointment is needed. Minors ages 12-17 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

  • Anaina Hou Farmers Market, Kīlauea: Saturday, September 25, 9-11 a.m.
  • Kaumakani Hall: Saturday, September 25, 9-11 a. m.
  • Isenberg Park, Līhuʻe: Saturday, October 2, 9-11 a.m.
  • Kekaha Neighborhood Center: Saturday, October 9, 9-11 a.m.
  • Anaina Hou Farmers Market: Saturday, October 16, 9-11 a.m.
  • Kaumakani Hall: Saturday, October 16, 9-11 a.m.
  • Isenberg Park, Līhuʻe: Saturday, October 23, 9-11 a.m.
  • Kekaha Neighborhood Center: Saturday, October 30, 9-11 a.m.

Telephone assistance is available from Hoʽōla Lāhui at (808) 938-0938.

The van will return to the same locations three weeks later to administer 2nd doses of the Comirnaty (Pfizer) or Moderna vaccine.

The County of Kaua‘i thanks the Kauai District Health Office, Hoʽōla Lāhui, Wilcox Medical Center, and Hawai‘i Health Systems Corporation for working together to offer these free clinics for Kaua‘i.

Kauaʽi Mobile Vaccine Clinic

The Kauaʻi Mobile Vaccine Clinics are open for walk-in vaccinations for individuals ages 12 and older for first and second doses. The Comirnaty (formerly Pfizer) vaccine (2 doses for ages 12+), Moderna vaccine (2 doses for ages 18+) and Johnson & Johnson vaccine (1 dose for ages 18+) will all be offered at no cost. 

Third doses of the Comirnaty and Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for immunocompromised individuals will also be available.

  • Anahola Marketplace: Thursday, September 23, noon to 3 p.m.
  • Anaina Hou Community Park, Kīlauea: Friday, September 24, noon to 3 p.m.
  • Hanalei Neighborhood Center: Saturday, September 25, noon to 3 p.m.
  • Kapa‘a Neighborhood Center: Thursday, September 30, noon to 3 p.m

No appointments are needed, it is walk-in only. Vaccine recipients must be at least 12 years old. Those under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by a parent or a guardian, who will need to sign a consent form. Please bring a picture I.D. and an insurance card, if you have one.

The mobile vaccine clinic is a collaboration between the County of Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i Health Systems Corporation and Wilcox Medical Center.

For more information, visit http://WilcoxHealth.org/Vaccine

Pharmacies, Clinics, and Hospitals

Many pharmacies, clinics, and hospitals offer free walk-in vaccines.

Comirnaty Vaccine (formerly known as Pfizer): Ages 12+

Longs Līhu‘e seven days a week, with appointments available as late as 8 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted, or make an appointment: https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine

Safeway Līhu‘e seven days week, with appointments during business hours. Walk-ins are accepted, or make an appointment: https://www.safeway.com/pharmacy/covid-19.html [10% off your next grocery purchase. Restrictions apply. Visit pharmacy for details]

Kaiser Permanente Līhu‘e Clinic Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed noon to 1 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted, or make an appointment: https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/hawaii/health-wellness/coronavirus-information/vaccine-appointments

Wilcox Medical Center open on Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted, or make an appointment: http://WilcoxHealth.org/Vaccine

Hoʽōla Lāhui clinics in Waimea and Kapa‘a. For the latest schedule, call (808) 938-0938

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

Moderna Vaccine: Ages 18+

Safeway Kapa‘a seven days a week, with appointments during business hours. Walk-ins are accepted, or make an appointment: https://www.safeway.com/pharmacy/covid-19.html

Longs Kōloa and Kapaʻa seven days a week  with appointments available as late as 8 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted, or make an appointment: https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine

Longs ʻEleʻele Monday-Saturday, with appointments available as late as 7 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted, or make an appointment: https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine

Walmart seven days a week, with appointments available as late as 7 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted, or make an appointment: http://www.walmart.com/COVIDvaccine

Costco Monday-Friday. Walk-ins are accepted, or make an appointment: https://www.costco.com/covid-vaccine.html

Kaiser Permanente Līhu‘e Clinic Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed noon to 1 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted, or make an appointment: https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/hawaii/health-wellness/coronavirus-information/vaccine-appointments

Līhu‘e Pharmacy Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. By appointment only – no walk-ins at this location. To make an appointment, call (808) 246-9100, or (808) 246-6900, or (808) 245-3800. For more info: https://kauairx.com/covid-19-vaccine-clinic/

Hoʽōla Lāhui clinics in Waimea and Kapa‘a. For the latest schedule, call (808) 938-0938

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

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine: Ages 18+ (one dose)

Kaiser Permanente Līhu‘e Clinic Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed noon to 1 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted, or make an appointment: https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/hawaii/health-wellness/coronavirus-information/vaccine-appointments

Hoʽōla Lāhui clinics in Waimea and Kapa‘a. For the latest schedule, call (808) 938-0938

Request Department of Health Vaccine Van for Community Events

Businesses, organizations, and individuals can request a mobile vaccine van to offer free vaccines to adults 18+ at community gatherings and functions. Submit your request by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CBQCWY7 or by calling the Kaua‘i District Health Office on weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 241-3495.

Booster Vaccines for Selected Individuals

Vaccine advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted on Friday, September 17, 2021 to recommend emergency use authorization for booster shots of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine six months after full vaccination for individuals ages 65 and older and those at high-risk of severe COVID-19, including health care workers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which provides final approval on how vaccines are used, is scheduled to meet on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 22-23.

Wilcox Medical Center and mobile vaccine clinics will be offering booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine to those eligible as soon as possible should the CDC committee approve moving forward with the recommendation.

Third Dose for Immunocompromised Individuals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced its recommendation endorsing the use of a third dose of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine (Pfizer’s Comirnaty vaccine or the Moderna vaccine) for immunocompromised individuals on August 13, 2021.

Those who qualify for a third dose include people with moderate to severely compromised immune systems, such as organ transplant recipients, those undergoing treatment for cancer, or those who are diagnosed with conditions that have caused an equivalent level of weakened immune system.

As outlined by the CDC, individuals will not be required to provide proof of a medical condition to get a third dose, but will be asked to self-attest to their condition. Those eligible must have received their second dose at least 28 days prior to receiving a third dose.

Additional information about the medical conditions recognized for eligibility for a third dose is available on the CDC’s website at the following link: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html

Third doses for immunocompromised individuals are available at the locations listed above, click here.