February 23, 2022 UPDATE—Everyone in Hawaii is eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccination. Check the ILWU Facebook page:
for regular announcements on vaccination sites—including vaccination clinics being held at your union hall.
November 10, 2021 UPDATE—The State Department of Health is registering children 5 to 11 years old for COVID-19 vaccines.
April 19, 2021 UPDATE—According to the State Department of Health all Hawaii residents age 16 and older can receive a COVID-19 vaccination as of Monday, April 19, 2021. The State of Hawaii COVID-19 portal webpage states:
“Great news for Hawaii residents! Beginning Monday, April 19, COVID-19 vaccinations will be available for all Hawaii residents who are 16 years old and above on all islands.
“Vaccine supplies are still limited, so please be patient and persistent in securing an appointment. Please note that both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are currently being offered, but the Pfizer vaccine is the only one authorized for those under 18 years old. If you are under age 18, be sure to select a vaccination site that offers the Pfizer vaccine.
“Vaccinations are a safe, effective way to keep our ohana healthy! Mahalo for doing your part to keep Hawaii safe!”
Visit the state’s COVID-19 portal at https://hawaiicovid19.com/vaccine/ for more information on scheduling an appointment, vaccination locations, vaccine safety, and more.
Links to information by county are:
April 6, 2021 UPDATE—Hawaii, Maui (including Lanai and Molokai), and Kauai County are now in COVID-19 vaccination Phase 2—which means that individuals 16 and older are eligible to sign up to receive their shots. This is according to the State Department of Health’s vaccination timeline.
If you are not 18 yet, make sure the location you sign up with uses the Pfizer vaccine. Other vaccines are not yet approved for anyone younger than 18. Persons 18 and older may get the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Oahu County remains in Phase 1c, which includes adults 60+, persons with certain medical conditions, essential workers, and all others in Phases 1a and 1b who have not yet been vaccinated.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the new COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and help to control the spread of the virus. The CDC website states:
Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help us get back to normal. Learn more about the benefits of getting vaccinated.
To read more about the key things the CDC believes you should know about the vaccines, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/keythingstoknow.html.
Kaiser Permanente has published a flyer providing information provided by its doctors and medical experts that states:
The COVID-19 vaccine went through rigorous clinical trials to prove it’s safe and effective to use. The clinical trials included people 16+ of all genders, races, and ethnicities. The vaccine was found to be effective and safe for all participants.
To read the complete flyer, visit https://business.kaiserpermanente.org/thrive/resource-center/covid-19-vaccine-safety-and-effectiveness-flyer-english
To watch a video, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Db9OwsXUmTc