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Hamakua-Kohala Health, Kohala Hospital COVID Vaccination Clinics Open to Kohala Kupuna 65+

Hamakua-Kohala Health and Kohala Hospital have opened their
COVID-19 vaccination clinics to Kohala community members
who are 65+ years of age. 

Hamakua-Kohala Health Center’s vaccination clinic is
administering the Moderna vaccine. Those who would like to be
vaccinated must call in advance to schedule their visit.
The scheduling number is 808-930-2751.

Kohala Hospital clinic is administering the Pfizer vaccine.
Clinic hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Additional Tuesday community clinics are currently
scheduled at Kohala Hospital for
April 6, April 13 and April 27.

The Kohala Hospital clinic is strictly limited to Kohala residents
who are 65 years of age and older.
As a closed POD – or Point of Dispensing – the hospital’s clinic is by
appointment only. Walk- ins cannot be accommodated.

Kupuna wanting appointments or information are encouraged
to call the KohalaHospital’s Call Center at 808-889-7969.
Call Center employees are on hand to help with registration
and scheduling appointments.
Call Center hours are Monday–Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Hospital Administrator Gino Amar said the decision to limit to
appointments only “will ensure all our kupuna who want the COVID
vaccine will be able to schedule an appointment and won’t be
subjected to long lines or a wait at the vaccination clinic,
which is being held on the hospital property.”

Kohala Hospital’s vaccine clinic was established in collaboration
with Kona Community Hospital (KCH). As a registered clinic in
the CDC Vaccination Provider Program,
KCH has provided ongoing administrative, pharmacy and IT support.

Since their December 29 launch, the clinic has administered
258 first- and second-dose vaccines to employees and
frontline healthcare workers.

In addition to the Kohala Hospital vaccinations for those
65 and older, on March 15 Queen’s North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) in Waimea/Kamuela began vaccinating those
16-64 who are at highest risk. 

Highest risk is defined by the Department of Health as those age 16-64 with:

  • Dialysis-depended end-stage renal disease
  • Oxygen-dependent respiratory disease
  • Oxygen-dependent cardiac disease
  • Cancer or autoimmune disease undergoing active chemotherapy or immunosuppressive medication therapy at an infusion center. 

Vaccinations at NHCH are by appointment only. To request an appointment,
email and include your name, date of birth,
phone number and employer if you are an essential worker.
You may also call 808-881-4668. Anyone who previously emailed or called
while they were ineligible and are now eligible is asked to email again. 

Community members with vaccination questions can visit the state Department of Health website at or call the DOH’s established Call Center at 808-586-8332.

Written by: knkr

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