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Vaccine appointments available to more people

LIHU‘E — Appointments for the COVID-19 vaccines are being accepted at different sites on Kaua‘i.

Appointments for individuals who qualify under Phases 1a, 1b and 1c can schedule their appointment online at hawaiipacifichealth.org/covid19vaccine for shots at Wilcox Medical Center.

As of Thursday, information released by Hawai‘i Pacific Health indicated that Wilcox Medical Center completed 290 vaccines, bringing the total number of vaccines to 8,448 administered by the Wilcox team.

People ages 65 and older received 210 of the 290 doses administered, bringing the Wilcox total to 6,644 vaccines being administered to people 65 and older.

People in Phases 1a, 1b and 1c made up 80 of the doses administered for a total of 1,804 vaccines being given since the program started.

Appointments for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are being accepted at both Hawai‘i Health Systems Corporation Kaua‘i Branch sites — Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waimea and Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital in Kapa‘a.

The clinics offering the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID Vaccine are Tuesday, March 23 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the SMMH, and Wednesday, March 24 at KVMH from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

These clinic dates are subject to receiving the vaccines from the federal government, and individuals must have appointments because the vaccine supplies are limited.

Appointments can be made kauai.hhsc.org and clicking the Request an Appointment Here button.

HHSC is taking appointments for Phase 1c Hawai‘i residents 60 and older, and people with high-risk medical conditions ages 16 to 59. These medical conditions include dialysis-dependent, oxygen-dependent respiratory disease, oxygen0-dependent cardiovascular disease, and cancer or autoimmune disease undergoing active chemotherapy or immunosuppressive-medication therapy at an infusion center.

Essential workers in Phases 1a and 1b who haven’t been vaccinated, and anyone working in hotels, restaurants or bars, may also request appointments.

According to the CVS.com website where appointments can be scheduled, the CVS (Longs) stores in Waipouli near the Coconut Marketplace and The Shops at Kukui‘ula are administering vaccines. According to the website, the Waipouli store is fully booked, and appointments are available at the Kukui‘ula store near Koloa and Po‘ipu.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.
Source: The Garden Island

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