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