Hundreds of essential workers on Kauai begin receiving COVID-19 vaccine doses

Updated: Jan. 13, 2021 at 5:45 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kauai is well into its 1B phase of vaccinations, according to the Department of Health.

Hundreds of frontline essential workers have already been vaccinated, including more than 400 in the education system, according to the Kauai Emergency Management Agency.

Other frontline workers set to receive vaccines in the coming days include post office employees, grocery store clerks, certain government entities and care home staff.

“Because we’re smaller, I think it’s a little bit easier for us to wrap our arms around it and for others to conceptually wrap their arms around it,” she said. “It’s not like we have all the answers. We’re all learning from each other.”

Many essential frontline workers are receiving their doses at the only Kauai Department of Health clinic, which has been staged at the Kaua’i War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihue.

The clinic is currently open Tuesday through Thursday, and there are 340 appointment slots available for those in 1A and 1B categories.

Starting on Friday, kupuna ages 75 and up will be able to sign up for the shot and receive their vaccinations, according to Janet Berreman, the DOH District Health Officer for Kauai.

“Wilcox, Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital, and Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital all stepped up and took on responsibility,” said Berreman.

“I think it’s really hopeful,” said Kealoha Takahashi, with the County of Kauai Agency on Elderly Affairs. “We’re all tackling this and it’s a good feeling.”

According to DOH, those in long-term care facilities have already received their first doses.

For more information, visit the County of Kauai’s website.

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