COVID-19 Vaccine

Updated 9/27/2021

Waimānalo Health Center is currently offering COVID-19 vaccines to:
  • Anyone 12 years and older
Important Information
  • Same-day appointments available by calling 808-954-7101.
  • For appointments, please call us at 808-954-7101 to schedule your vaccine appointment and pre-register; OR
  • Complete the Registration Form and Pre-Vaccination Checklist for Dose 1 or Dose 2 online, and email to covidvaccine@waimanalohealth.org and someone will contact you with your appointment; OR
  • Walk-in to register and schedule your appointment.
  • Minors ages 12 through 17 must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or authorized adult.
  • All vaccinations are contingent upon Waimānalo Health Center receiving deliveries of the vaccine.
Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Please call us at 808-954-7101 to schedule your vaccine appointment. Same-day appointments available.

What vaccine is being given?
Waimānalo Health Center is administering the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

How much does the COVID-19 vaccine cost?
There is no charge for the COVID-19 vaccine.

What do I need to bring with me?
Please bring your ID and insurance card if you have.
For minors 12 to 17 years old, please bring one of the following for ID:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Valid State ID/Driver’s License/Passport/Military ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Valid School IDs (w/ Name and Picture)
  • Valid Government Issued ID

Minors must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or authorized adult.

For those coming for their second or third dose, please bring your COVID-19 vaccination card with you that you received at your first appointment. Mahalo.

When will I receive my second dose of the vaccine?
For Pfizer, it is recommended to receive the second dose 21 days after your first vaccination. For Moderna, it is recommended to receive the second dose 28 days after. Your second appointment will be scheduled at your first appointment.

What is the difference between a third dose and a booster dose?
Currently, a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is recommended for moderately to severely immunocompromised people who received Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. The third dose is recommended for those who did not build enough protection when they first got vaccinated.
A booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine is meant for someone who built enough protection after vaccination, but whose protection may be waning over time.

Am I eligible for a third dose of the vaccine?
Waimānalo Health Center is following CDC recommendations for third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. This includes people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
  • People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

CDC recommends the third dose be administered at least four weeks after a second dose. For more information from the CDC on vaccines for immunocompromised people, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html.

Please bring your COVID-19 vaccination card with you to your appointment.

Am I eligible for a booster dose of the vaccine?
Waimānalo Health Center is following CDC recommendations for booster doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC recommends that the booster dose be available for the following Pfizer vaccine recipients who completed their initial series (2 doses) at least 6 months ago:

More information is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html.

About the COVID-19 Vaccine

What is the COVID-19 vaccine?
Currently, there are three COVID-19 vaccines in use to prevent COVID-19 disease:

  • Pfizer BioNTech Vaccine
  • Moderna Vaccine
  • Johnson & Johnson / Janssen

Pfizer is FDA approved for all individuals 16 years of age and older.
The three vaccines are available under emergency use authorization for the use of Pfizer in individuals 12 through 15 years old, for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals, and for a booster dose for individuals 65 years and older or 18 and older who meet certain criteria; as well as Moderna and Johnson & Johnson / Janssen for individuals 18 and older.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
Yes. The COVID-19 vaccines being offered to the public meet the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) standards for approval or emergency use authorization. All COVID-19 vaccines were rigorously tested in thousands of people to make sure that they are safe and that they work.

Does the COVID-19 vaccine have any side effects?
Some people may experience side effects including soreness at the vaccine injection site. Some people experienced mild headache or fever. These side effects are signs that your immune system is working and building protection against the virus.
Read more about side effects here. https://hawaiicovid19.com/vaccine-faqs/

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women?
Yes. COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people aged 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future. Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can protect you from severe illness from COVID-19.
Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine recommendations for pregnant women.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/pregnancy.html

Is the COVID-19 vaccine available for children?
Yes, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available for children 12 and older.
A COVID-19 vaccine is not yet available for anyone younger than 12. Information will be shared when recommendations come from the FDA and CDC.

If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get the COVID- 19 vaccine when it’s available?
Yes, it is recommended that people get the vaccination even if they previously had COVID-19 and have since recovered.
Please note, no one who is currently sick with COVID-19 should receive a vaccination. Vaccinating should be postponed until the person has no symptoms and criteria have been met to discontinue isolation.

When can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
If you are 12 years and older, you can get the vaccine now at Waimānalo Health Center.

Will I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others after I have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes. While we learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide, it is important for everyone to continue practicing preventive measures:

  • Wear a mask
  • Wash and sanitize your hands
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others outside your household

Together, with the vaccine and these precautions, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 and work toward ending this pandemic. Mahalo for your kōkua.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines at:
https://hawaiicovid19.com/vaccine-info/
https://health.hawaii.gov/coronavirusdisease2019/what-you-should-know/covid-19-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions/
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html

Learn more about COVID-19 variants at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/