Kaua‘i first responders receive Moderna vaccine

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Kaua‘i Police Department officer Kevin Kamakahi gets his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from Dr. Warren Sparks, Wednesday, at the vaccine clinic set up at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall.

LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i Police Department officer Kevin Kamakahi didn’t feel a thing on Wednesday getting his first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

“I’m feeling good,” Kamakahi said after the shot from Medical Reserve Corp’s Dr. Warren Sparks. “I was expecting a little more pain, but I didn’t feel anything.”

On Tuesday, the Kaua‘i District Health Office opened up its COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Kaua‘i Memorial Convention Hall for first responders at 8 a.m. to a line.

This week, first responders and health care workers were given the opportunity to schedule vaccine appointments. Providers and staff from practices including dentists, physical therapists, mental health professionals and other non-physician practices were also included.

Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency’s COVID-19 Information Specialist Jesse Broder Van Dyke said over 300 first responders, ranging from officers and firefighters to private practice dentists and airport processing personnel with Transportation Security Administration, have gotten their first dose. The vaccine is voluntary and free, Broder Van Dyke added. For the Moderna vaccine, the second dosage is administered in about 28 days.

Last week, health care workers were offered the first round of vaccinations on Kaua‘i.

Vaccinations for long-term care facilities started Monday through direct federal contracts with CVS and Walgreens, Broder Van Dyke said.

As vaccine shipments become available, opportunities for essential workers, kupuna over 75 and those with chronic health conditions will be available.

“Vaccines will provide us with the protection our county needs to be able to lessen restrictions on travelers and on community activities,” Kaua‘i District Health Officer Dr. Janet Berreman said in Wednesday’s COVID-19 briefing. “Until most of us are fully vaccinated, our community remains at risk, and we must continue using the measures that we know provide the protection we need.”

Kaua‘i Fire Department Fire Captain Kilipaki Vaughan had 100% turnout from his crew Hanapepe Station 6 crew Wednesday.

“We want to make sure we protect ourselves, protect our families,” Vaughan said.

Due to the nature of the job, Vaughan said there have been “possible encounters” before.

“(We) want to protect ourselves so we can do the job for everyone else,” Vaughan said. “It’s up to other first responders when they will be ready. I’m pretty proud of my crew for stepping up and taking it on.”

  1. Mr.Ford December 31, 2020 12:06 pm Reply

    You are not protecting anything. Your ignorance and following evil people will lead you to Hell. Im waiting…

    1. I saw a Vampire once January 1, 2021 12:43 am Reply

      What? You sound like you got this from a documentary I saw on Witchcraft. It was on video.

  2. Empty January 1, 2021 11:59 pm Reply

    Vaccine Center looks empty except the vaccine shooters.

    Who wants to risk it all on a warp speed untested laboratory injected disease.

    The US Vaccine Court has already awarded $4 Billion in vaccine injury claims in the last years.

    Not worth taking the chance, especially when most who get the real virus don’t even get symptoms.

    Our Immune Systems have proven they can handle the real virus.

    Besides the positive tests are mostly false positives.

    The dead died from other diseases and too many lethal prescription drugs.

    Toxic chemicals in all of our food, in the medicines, in the animals we eat, on the crops and farms, in the embalming fluid in our dead bodies, gee do ya think toxic chemicals may be bad for us.

    We should try a few generations without any of the chemicals, after all most are petrochemicals made from oil amd coal, and cause cancer.

    Maybe better to live in Health without Toxic chemicals for at least 5 generations, about 100 years…especially them risky vaccines.

    And genes, God made all genes on earth, and what God made, let no man or woman put asunder. Dump that GMO CRAP AS AS WELL.

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