The Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson& Johnson vaccines are available in Maui County (subject to supply). The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two (2) doses, 21-28 days apart. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires one (1) dose. Pfizer is the only vaccine that can be administered to those ages 16 and over. All other vaccines are given to those 18 years and older.
There is no cost for the vaccine. There may be a modest administrative fee, that your health insurance should cover. Additionally, the federal government may also cover the administrative cost for any uninsured individuals. Speak with your provider for further information.
Those ages 16 and above can receive a COVID-19 vaccination in Maui County. Those aged 16 and 17 may receive the Pfizer vaccine only because it is the sole vaccine currently approved for that age group. Those 18 years of age and older may receive the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The COVID-19 vaccination program is a national initiative under the Centers for Disease Control, administered in the state by the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH). The County of Maui is working closely with DOH in implementing a robust, comprehensive vaccination plan to ensure the COVID-19 vaccine is available to residents in an efficient, orderly manner.
Find the weekly progress in the vaccine distribution and administration statewide and in each county, click below. This data outlined reflects only what has been inputted into VAMS, and vaccine administered by our federal pharmacy program partners. The VA and military are not included in these counts.
It is recommended you still get the vaccine because the protection and immunity of post-virus antibodies may weaken and could eventually disappear over time. There is a minimum wait time between infection and vaccination. DOH tells people to wait at least 14 days after an infection to get your vaccine.
No, not at this time. The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is only for those age 16 and older. No vaccine has yet been approved for children.
Continue with wearing face masks, physical distancing, avoiding crowds, and frequent hand washing to protect yourself and others prior to, and after, receiving both doses of the vaccine.
Anthony Fauci, M.D., the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, recommends everyone to continue following all public health guidelines until the CDC has determined the vaccine has established “herd immunity.”
After getting vaccinated, you might have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. Common side effects are pain, redness, and swelling in the arm where you received the shot, as well as tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea throughout the rest of the body. These side effects could affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.
For other frequently asked questions about COVID-19 Vaccination from the CDC.
The County of Maui is providing FREE COVID-19 TESTING for residents at Minit Medical Clinics in Kahului, Kihei and Lahaina. You do not need insurance or have to meet any criteria to be tested. This free community test is not valid for travel. Must pre-register for appointment, visit website or call 808-667-6161, ext 7.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has guidance for who should be tested, but decisions about testing are made by state and local health departments and healthcare providers.
Not everyone needs to be tested. However, if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to be tested, you should contact your healthcare provider to discuss your symptoms or any exposure you may have had. You may be evaluated according to CDC and Hawaii Department of Health guidance, to determine whether or not you should be tested for COVID-19.
For your safety and safety of others, be sure to contact your healthcare provider in advance for instructions before your visit.
If you have a primary care physician (PCP), your first step should be to call them and discuss your symptoms (if any), any exposure you have had and your potential risk.
If you do not have a PCP on Maui or are unable to reach your provider you can contact one of the testing sites. Patients meeting CDC and Hawaii Department of Health Guidelines may be tested. For your safety and the safety of health care providers, please be sure to contact the provider for instructions before your visit.
Testing is not perfect. There have been patients that originally tested negative and later tested positive. For this reason, please connect with your PCP or another provider to continue monitoring your symptoms if you have them. Also, be aware it may be necessary to continue to be tested if you are an essential employee or have repeated exposure.
Between the time you are tested and receive your results you must remain quarantined. This means you may not leave your home and should make every possible effort to limit exposure to other household members.
Businesses, residents and visitors must comply with public health emergency rules established by the County of Maui to safeguard our communities during the COVID-19 outbreak.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported—ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses):
*This list does not include all possible symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this list as more is learned about COVID-19.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately.
*This list does not include all possible symptoms. Consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 if you have a medical emergency. Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has, or may have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.
For more information on how to care for yourself and protect other people in your home and community, visit the CDC website.
Here is some information that might help in making decisions about seeking care or testing.
For additional steps to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community, visit the CDC website.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, try calling your state or local health department or a medical provider. While supplies of these tests are increasing, it may still be difficult to find a place to get tested.
Following simple steps can prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce its impact on our communities.
Unless you are going out to seek medical attention, stay at home if you are feeling sick, especially if you have symptoms of fever or cough.
Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. If your hands are visibly dirty, then make sure to use soap and running water since sanitizing products will not remove the dirt.
Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe.
Everyone can pitch in by practicing routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks) with household cleaners. Use EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface and follow the label instructions.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Use a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, use your elbow.
People with seasonal influenza will exhibit similar signs and symptoms as COVID-19 (fever and cough). If more people are protected against influenza, this will reduce confusion and the burden on our healthcare system.
Resources for information above: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Hawaii State Department of Health.
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