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Kupuna over 75 can sign up for vaccines

LIHU‘E — Hospitals around the island are equipping to vaccinate kupuna over 75 beginning this Friday, Jan. 15.

Kupuna in this age group must sign up for an appointment as walk-ins will not be accepted.

Appointments at Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waimea and Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital in Kapa‘a may be made at kauai.hhsc.org. At both locations, clinics will run from 8 a.m. to noon on Jan. 15, 19 and 22.

The vaccine clinic at Wilcox Medical Center will run Jan. 15, 19, 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Appointments in Lihu‘e may be made at: wilcoxhealth.org/vaccine.

Both of these applications are web-based. Appointments will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hospitals are the primary providers for kupuna aged 75 and older, Kaua‘i District Health Office Dr. Janet Berreman said Monday.

Over 3,000 people have been vaccinated thus far, including health care professionals and first responders including those from the Kaua‘i Police Department and Ocean Safety Bureau.

Later this month, vaccine availability will be offered to essential frontline workers in food and agriculture, manufacturing, grocery stores and postal service, according to a county release.

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