Event prioritized seniors age 75 and older.
Originally published on about.kaiserpermanente.org.
HONOLULU — The state’s largest integrated health care provider held its second large-scale COVID-19 vaccination event at Mapunapuna Medical Office on Saturday, February 13, administering more than 2,200 COVID-19 vaccine doses. The event was part of Kaiser Permanente’s vaccination rollout in Hawaii, prioritizing older people and some essential workers, according to phase 1b guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Kaiser Permanente (DiversityInc Hall of Fame company) is also continuing to vaccinate phase 1a groups, which includes health care workers and community providers such as independent physicians and dentists. More than 75% of Kaiser Permanente’s staff on Oahu has received at least one COVID-19 vaccination and with Saturday’s shots Kaiser Permanente has administered close to 30,000 doses in Hawaii.
“The past year has been one of the most challenging times in many health care workers’ careers. We’ve been witness to unprecedented human loss during a time of both increased personal risk at work and disruption of personal life at home” said Tarquin Collis, MD, chief of infectious disease for Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii. “But for all of the craziness of the last year, I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished as a medical and scientific community, and in some ways this pandemic has refocused many of our lives on the things that matter most. In terms of vaccination, we’re incredibly fortunate and grateful to have safe and effective vaccines for this virus, and we can’t wait to bring as many people in the community to safety as we can. We want to thank everyone for their patience as we vaccinate our most vulnerable ‘kupuna’ first, and we look forward to rolling out the vaccine to more people over the coming months as fast as possible.”
Kaiser Permanente members age 75 and older on Oahu are being notified via email, text, and kp.org to schedule their vaccination appointment online. Those not already registered on kp.org are encouraged to register by visiting kp.org/register.
Kaiser Permanente members and nonmembers who have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine can call the KP COVID-19 Vaccine InfoLine at 1-855-550-0951 (TTY 711) or visit kp.org/covidvaccine.