No. It is a national program under the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), administered in the state by the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH).
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Currently the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 and the Moderna vaccines are being administered on Maui. Both require two doses, given 3 to 4 weeks apart respectively.
Vaccinations are underway but because the supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States is limited at this time, the CDC established a priority system with recommendations for the who should be vaccinated first. Each state has its own plan, to read the Hawaii (DOH) plan, please visit https://hawaiicovid19.com/vaccine/
Priority 1a: Healthcare personnel, first responders, long-term care facility residents
Priority 1b: Frontline essential workers and those 75 years of age or older
Priority 1c. Those between the ages of 65-74 years, those between 16 to 64 years old with high risk health conditions and additional essential worker
Priority 2: Anyone else over the age of 16 who would like to get a vaccine.
Hawaii is currently vaccinating those in the 1a and 1b priority groups.
Maui Memorial Medical Center is the only location on Maui island that is accepting vaccine reservations at this time. The drive-through vaccine clinic at UH Maui College is a closed Point-of-Distribution (POD) at this time, reserved for those in the highest priority groups. As more vaccine supply becomes available, expect more locations to open in other regions of the island.
Lanaʻi residents may contact Lanaʻi Community Hospital or CVS Pharmacy for vaccine information, Molokaʻi residents may contact Molokaʻi General Hospital for specific information.
Delayed shipments have temporarily disrupted vaccine supplies on the island Maui, but the shortage is temporary. There are sufficient vaccines available for those awaiting their second dose.
Those in priority grous 1a and 1b may visit https://www.mauihealth.org/health-resources/covid-19-vaccine/ to schedule an online appointment for vaccination clinics managed by Maui Health,
For vaccination clinics managed by the Hawaii DOH Maui District Health office, phone 808-586-8332 or email DOH.MDHOcovid19clinics@doh.hawaii.gov.
For his second dose, your father must return to the same location where he was first vaccinated. Those who were vaccinated at Maui Memorial Medical Center received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine; visit https://www.mauihealth.org/health-resources/covid-19-vaccine/ for more information.
Those who were vaccinated at UH Maui College received the Moderna vaccine; email DOH.MDHOcovid19clinics@doh.hawaii.gov or phone 808-586-8332 for more information.
There is no cost for the vaccine; there may be a modest administrative fee.
It is recommended you still get the vaccine because the protection and immunity of post-virus antibodies may weaken and could eventually disappear over time.
No, not at this time. The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is only for those age 16 and older. No vaccine has yet been approved for children.
Continue with wearing face masks, social distancing, avoiding crowds, and frequent handwashing to protect yourself and others prior to, and after, receiving both doses of the vaccine.
Anthony Fauci, M.D., the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, recommends everyone to continue following all public health guidelines until the CDC has determined the vaccine has established “herd immunity.”