COVID-19 vaccines for kupuna start Friday

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LIHU‘E — Kupuna, or the elderly ages 75 years and older, need an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccinations that start Friday at Wilcox Medical Center, states an announcement from Hawai‘i Pacific Health.

The first clinic is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Additional clinic dates include Tuesday, Jan. 19, Thursday, Jan. 21 and Friday, Jan. 22, all from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In conjunction with the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, Wilcox Medical Center will start administering the Pfizer vaccine. The clinics will be open to patients of Wilcox Medical Center, Kaua‘i Medical Clinic and the general public.

“We are pleased to be able to offer these community vaccination clinics to our kupuna who continue to be among the most vulnerable populations to COVID-19,” said Jen H. Chahanovich, president and CEO of Wilcox Medical Center and CEO of Kaua‘i Medical Clinic.

“As we look ahead, further vaccine clinics are in the works for other groups based on state guidelines. The vaccine is an important tool in the fight against COVID-19 to help keep our community well. We encourage everyone to take advantage of the opportunity to get it when it is available to them.”

To start the appointment process, kupuna and their caregivers can complete the online appointment-request form at wilcoxhealth.org/vaccine. A representative will follow up to schedule an appointment.

Patients of Wilcox and Kaua‘i Medical Clinic who have a MyChart by Hawai‘i Pacific Health account will also be sent a notification through MyChart when they are able to sign up for an appointment. Patients who do not already have an account are encouraged to create one online at mychart.hawaiipacifichealth.org, as that will be the easiest way to schedule an appointment.

Walk-ins for the vaccination will not be taken.

People with appointments for the vaccine should use the side entrance to Wilcox Medical Center next to the Infusion Center when arriving.

Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waimea and Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital in Kapa‘a, both making up the Hawai‘i Health Systems Corporation Kaua‘i Region, will also offer vaccination clinics for kupuna ages 75 years and older, on Friday, Tuesday, Jan. 19, and Friday, Jan. 22, from 8 a.m. to noon each day.

Appointments for the vaccine are required, and to get started, visit kauai.hhsc.org. Additional working days are required for processing.

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

3 Comments
  1. Ann Other January 14, 2021 4:57 am Reply

    At 76, feeling fine working 7 days a week, nothing seems to be broken or is functionally failing , so why would i want to put a rush job laboratory disease injected into my body bypassing my immune system’s ability to protect me from the side effects this vaccine is already reported to be causing .

    A very sensible and logical saying is: Don’t fix what is not broken.

    I won’t be so foolish as to go get the unnecessary vaccine. Vaccines are a burden in the immune system, I sure as heck don’t want that.


  2. jay williamson January 14, 2021 7:01 pm Reply

    I have an appointment to get the vaccine next week. I haven’t heard any first responders say they are refusing it. My doctor and his staff have already had their first injection. Too many young and fit people without underlying medical issues are dying exclusively from Covid-19. I’m unwilling to roll the dice because I have dependents. I respect those folks who reject it but I am not that brave.


  3. Iraina D,K martin January 16, 2021 7:53 am Reply

    I am 60 years old when will I be taking my vaccination shots


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