Hawai‘i hospitals prepare for COVID-19 vaccine

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i’s hospitals and health-care systems, in coordination with the state Department of Health, are gearing up to ensure that they are prepared for the arrival and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

“My colleagues across the state have put their lives on the line in order to care for Hawai‘i’s COVID-19 patients,” said Kelley Withy, MD, MS, PhD, director, Hawai‘i/Pacific Basin Area Health Education Education Center.

“As a clinical-trial participant, I feel confident in the vaccine-safety protocols. They’ve given this vaccine to 43,000 people and nobody has had a serious side effect, only mild headaches and fatigue,” she said.

“I believe the emergency use authorization of COVID-19 vaccines will be a huge step forward in preventing further infection, saving the lives of those most vulnerable to the virus and protecting our health-care workers.”

Withy received the COVID-19 vaccine as part of the extensive clinical trials that both pharmaceutical companies that are applying for U.S. Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorization, Pfizer and Moderna, are conducting.

She is also a member of the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency Emergency Support Function 8.

Last week, the Queen’s Medical Center coordinated acceptance of a mock shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. This shipping drill will allow Queen’s staff to prepare pharmacy and medical staff for acceptance and storage of the vaccine, upon FDA emergency use authorization.

The shipping drill included a thermal container, which is how the vaccine will be shipped upon FDA approval. Further drills are expected in the coming days.

  1. StopAndThink December 8, 2020 7:14 am Reply

    No, this article is false, they did not give it to 43,000 people. They only gave Pfizer vaccine to 9 people, out of 100, rest were control group. Get your facts straight!

    Also, Former Pfizer head of respiratory research Dr. Michael Yeadon, and the former head of the public health department, Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, have filed a petition for a stay of action. They Issued Stay Motion to EU Medicine Agency Warning “Vaccines Could Cause Permanent Infertility” asking the European Medicine Agency to suspend phase III of the clinical trials for Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and all other clinical trials.

    1. Just the facts please December 8, 2020 4:43 pm Reply

      Highly suggest readers google Michael Yeadon and Wolfgang Wodard. This comment is the opinion of the poster. Read the facts yourself rather than believing what someone else (anonymous) tells you.

  2. Kali Yuga December 8, 2020 10:02 am Reply

    The average time for a vaccine to go from inception and funding to market is 10.7 years. The Covid vaccine has achieved this in 7 months.

    The average rate of a vaccine ever successfully reaching market is 7%.


    The flu vaccine – one of the most studied and well funded in the history of science has an effective protection rate of 40-60% annually. The Covid vaccines are claiming over 95% effective. This stretches the bounds of credulity.


    The previous record for a vaccine being developed was 4 years for the mumps vaccine. Mumps was a well studied and understood medical condition long before vaccine research began. It was not a new, novel virus with unknown origins.

    Switzerland’s medical regulator Swissmedic says it lacks the necessary information to sign off on three different coronavirus vaccines ordered by the government. – https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/society/incomplete-data-stalls-swiss-authorisation-of-covid-19-vaccines/46196598

  3. Swab the Decks December 8, 2020 9:21 pm Reply

    While I’m not foolish enough to take the vaccine, I’m smart enough to know a steal of a deal…I’m selling all my Schwab portfolio and I’m going all in on the Covid-19 stocked that should be on the floor of the stock market within days of the Vaccine hitting the streets.

    Be ready for an explosion of sales and skyrocket of share value, never seen before, and never mind the coming side effects, bad reactions to the virus itself, it’s just the price to be paid for a passing fad.

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