The Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson& Johnson vaccines are available in Maui County (subject to supply). Click here for a list of Vaccination locations on Maui, Moloka‘i and Lana‘i.
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 12 and above can receive a COVID-19 vaccination in Maui County. Those 18 years of age and older may receive the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those aged 12 to 17 may receive the Pfizer vaccine only because it is the sole vaccine currently approved for that age group. Must be accompanied by an adult or have a signed consent (provided by the school) by an parent or legal guardian).
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. DOH tells people to wait at least 14 days after a COVID-19 infection to get your vaccine. Please consult your doctor on the minimum wait time between infection and vaccination.
According to the CDC, evidence is emerging that people get better protection by being fully vaccinated compared with having had COVID-19. One study showed that unvaccinated people who already had COVID-19 are more than 2 times as likely than fully vaccinated people to get COVID-19 again.
COVID-19 vaccination can help protect your child from getting COVID-19. Although fewer children have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults, children can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, can get sick from COVID-19, and can spread the virus that causes COVID-19 to others. Getting your child vaccinated helps to protect your child and your family.
Those age 12 and older can receive the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. No vaccine has yet been approved for children age 11 and under.
Yes, COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future. You might want to have a conversation with your healthcare provider about COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more about vaccination considerations for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
The number of doses needed depends on which vaccine you receive:
If you receive a vaccine that requires two doses, you should get your second shot as close to the recommended interval as possible. You should not get the second dose earlier than the recommended interval.
Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines since they were authorized for emergency use by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These vaccines have undergone and will continue to undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. This monitoring includes using both established and new safety monitoring systems to make sure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe.
On August 23, 2021, the FDA approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and will now be marketed as Comirnaty for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older.
What are the most common side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine?
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. Click here for more information.
Do vaccines offer higher protection than previous COVID-19 infection?
Yes. Vaccines do offer greater protection against COVID-19 compared to prior infection and natural immunity. Getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, known as immunity.
Current evidence suggests that reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection. However, experts don’t know for sure how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity.
Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study confirming the comparative effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines versus natural immunity, including immunity gained from prior SARS-CoV-2 infection. Researchers found that, among hundreds of Kentucky residents with previous infections through June 2021, people were twice as likely to get infected again if they were unvaccinated.
Getting the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others around you, especially as the more contagious Delta variant spreads around the country.
Is the FDA-approved Comirnaty and the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine the same?
Yes, Comirnaty and the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are the same. On August 23, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as “Comirnaty”, for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: The FDA-approved Comirnaty has the same formulation as the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. So this is a name change only. The Pfizer vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization, including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.
What can I do to protect myself from contracting COVID while I wait for my vaccine?
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.
Does getting the COVID vaccine protect people around you?
Yes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), getting vaccinated reduces an individual’s risk of both getting COVID-19 and giving it to someone else. In addition, those who are vaccinated are significantly less likely to develop severe COVID-19 symptoms that would require hospitalization, and with the breakthrough infections from the Delta variant also appear to be infectious for a shorter period. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is similar to getting vaccinated for other diseases in that it’s as much about protecting your community as it is about protecting yourself.
How do I get a replacement COVID-19 vaccination card?
For those who misplaced their COVID-19 vaccination card, there are ways to get a replacement:
Is there a digital proof of vaccination available in Hawaii?
Yes. Individuals who are fully vaccinated and received their vaccination in Hawaii can obtain a SMART Health Card to show establishments, such as restaurants, businesses and other venues, proof of their vaccination on their digital device without carrying a physical vaccine document. The SMART Health Card is a feature found in the Hawaii Safe Travels Digital Platform, https://travel.hawaii.gov.
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 here. 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.
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. ALSO SEE BELOW FOR DRIVE-THROUGH TESTING SITES.
Must pre-register to be tested, please visit https://www.minitmed.com/pre-register-maui-covid-19. Participants are asked to come to the test site at their designated time. Patients do not need insurance or meet any criteria to be tested for free. Participants must wear a face mask, and they are urged to come at their scheduled time. Results will be reported on the same day as testing. Minit Medical is administering the program sponsored by the County of Maui. If you have any problem pre-registering, please call (808) 667-6161 ext: 7, for help and more information.
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.
Do all guests entering an indoor venues need to be fully vaccinated?
A: Yes, all people must be vaccinated if the venue is indoor.
Do guests visiting a venue outdoors have to be vaccinated?
Will the County be accepting non-US vaccination cards like Oahu?
A: Yes, Proof of a US FDA approved or US FDA EUA vaccination (currently Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson) administered outside the United States is acceptable for employees and patrons/customers. The establishment should exercise reasonable discretion in accepting an official immunization record from outside the United States. One significant factor to consider is whether the document has enough English to be comprehensible or is in a language the establishment employees can comprehend.
My name is changed due to a nickname or name change under the state’s Safe Travels program. What should I do?
A: The name on the CDC Vaccination Record Card should match the name on the traveler’s identification. However, a shortened, modified variation or contraction of a traveler’s name will be accepted if it can be cross referenced with the birthdate on the CDC Vaccination Record Card and the traveler’s identification.
Will Maui County allow businesses to accept the Safe Travels account from travelers who participated in the state’s vaccine exception program?
A: Yes. Under exempt, a business or establishment will be able to see their participation in the State's program.
Does ‘safer outside’ replace the ‘safer at home’ guideline from last week?
A: The most up to date rules in effect will always be posted on mauicounty.gov. Please follow the latest rules/guidance when they are available.
Can we get two weeks to prepare like Oahu did? Why do we have one week to get our employees vaccinated?
A: Testing is allowed to assure compliance, and those that initiate their first vaccination dose are subject to limited exemptions as detailed above.
I have a question regarding the ‘safer at home’ policy announced. When the County says that all individuals are ‘ordered to stay at their residence’ are we including our workers/staff as well? Also, if the County is asking (or mandating, I’m not sure which) that guests stay on property, then why would we restrict their ability to find something to eat with the restaurants only operating at 50 percent for customers over the age of 12 to show proof of being fully vaccinated?
A: The County of Maui recommends staying at a place of residence except for activities allowed under the rules. Individuals may leave a place of residence to dine in a food and beverage establishment located on or off-property.
How long will these rules be in force?
A: The County of Maui will review the rules on or prior to Oct. 15 to determine if they should be amended or rescinded. If public health conditions significantly improve before then, the rules may be reviewed earlier.
Who will be charged with the enforcement of employee vaccination and/or weekly COVID test?
A: The business is responsible.
How does the Governor’s SMART Health pass that he just announced fit in to Maui County’s new restrictions?
A: It can be used to verify vaccination status.
Can staff meetings be held in a meeting room/space as a professional event if there are 10 people or less in attendance?
Are indoor commercial events less than 50 required to complete a commercial exemption form?
A: Yes, indoor Commercial events are not allowed without an exemption
If a group receives a commercial exemption for their event can they use PUC licensed passenger vehicles for transport at 100% capacity versus the 50% operational cap?
A. Yes, if they have a fully reviewed/approved commercial exemption
If an air crew needs transportation to their place of lodging, but the crew is over the 50% operational capacity of the transporting vehicle, does the crew need to separate into different vehicles, or are they allowed to travel together?
A. Air crews are allowed to travel together to their place of lodging, and may be considered as a household unit for purposes of transportation.
A: No, you do not need to ask for vaccine cards if the entire service area is outside.
Does management need to ask for proof of vaccination or testing at concierge areas (which usually provide food and beverage) if our seating area is inside?
A: Yes, for indoors, if outside then no vax requirement
Do we need to ask for vaccine cards in our weight room? It currently only has a max occupancy of four people.
For vaccinated patrons dining with children under the age of 12 who can’t be vaccinated at this time, should a separate outdoor seating area be set up for minors or can they sit with their parents/guardians?
A: No, only those 12 or over sitting inside must be vaccinated.
If we put an identifying vaccination wrist band on a guest at check-in, do we have to recheck their vaccination status at our restaurant or bar or other F and B establishment?
A: No, the business must attest to the verification so if they are comfortable with a wrist band then that’s okay.
To clarify, if a guest is not vaccinated but has tested negative can I allow them into my indoor area of my establishment?
A: Currently not allowed but being considered in our amended rules
Pool areas are all outside for the most part, I’m assuming the unvaccinated can order food and drinks out there or is that restricted as well?
A: Yes, unvaccinated guests may be served outdoors, including poolside.
If we have a gym on property and if gym patrons all have to be vaccinated, then is it safe to assume that we need to staff the gym area with someone to check vaccinations and that employee needs to be vaccinated/tested weekly as well?
A: Yes, restaurant and gym/spa staff must be vaccinated or tested weekly. Unstaffed gyms must have methods to verify vaccination status.
I have submitted specific pictures of our restaurant at our resort. The patio of this restaurant has a roof but no walls and we can see the area is outdoors but the Liquor Department has had a different stance about that. Can we make sure that the definition given to us by the county is consistent with the enforcement guidelines they are following?
A: Please submit your photos and comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Oahu there is an interpretation that employee cafeterias are not part of the vaccination program. What is Maui County’s interpretation for those cafeteria areas at our properties given these new guidelines and restrictions?
A: Cafeterias serving employees exclusively are not subject to the vaccination and testing requirements.
My restaurants all have indoor/outdoor areas and some areas are in between. Will the county be defining which is which?
A: Please see paragraph 4.b.ii in the Public Health Emergency Rules. Below is a graphic for additional illustration:
Does the testing requirements begin on September 15 or is it 7 days after?
A: It begins on September 15, and will continue on a rolling basis. Employees subject to the testing requirements should be providing a negative test result taken once every seven days, starting on September 15. For purposes of businesses ensuring employees have met the requirements, businesses only need to ensure a negative test result was received once within that 7-day period for each employee, on a week-to-week rolling basis.
Does the vaccine/testing include a hotels purchasing department? They order and move the food around however they do not handle, cook or serve food and drinks.
A: Not with the County’s rules, but may be subject to testing or vaccination requirements with upcoming federal rules
Does this include all employees in the food service (handlers) side including pool servers and our club concierge servers?
Does it include our purchasing and stewarding teams who are handling food but not in the service front of house side of it?
A: Not with the County’s rules, but may be subject to testing or vaccination requirements with upcoming federal rules
Do musicians who play in restaurant/bar/lounge areas have to be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing?
A: Yes, if classified as an indoor space
Do lua’u performers have to prove vaccination/testing status?
A: No, those performing outside do not have to prove vaccination/testing status
According to one of the reporter questions in the Governor’s press conference today, state law says if an employer is mandating that an employee needs to get testing then the employer needs to pay for it. However, if that is the case, and the employer needs to also compensate the employee for the time they took to get tested, what incentive is there for workers to get vaccinated? Will the county ask the state to change state law via another emergency proclamation so that testing is the employees’ responsibility?
A: This concern will be relayed to the Governor and State partners
What happens if we cannot get all of our food and beverage employees vaccinations by September 15th? What about employees who have gotten one shot but are not scheduled to get the second shot until after Sept. 15?
A: Employees who fall into the following categories will not be required to test weekly: 1. Employees who have been fully vaccinated (Fully vaccinated means that 14 days have passed following a two-dose vaccine series or a single-dose vaccine.) utilizing a COVID-19 vaccine; 2. Employees who have received the first dose of a two-dose vaccination series (solely during the 30-day time period between doses); 3. Employees who are in the 14-day waiting period following their one-dose or two-dose vaccination series. To be exempt from weekly testing, based on vaccination, proof of COVID-19 vaccination may be requested by the employer.
Some medical organizations such as HMSA have said to their members that they will not provide COVID tests to employees who need it for work, and that COVID tests were being saved for those that were exposed to others who were COVID positive. Does the mayor’s announcement change this policy?
A: We have no authority over HMSA’s policies
COVID tests were already scarce before this. Will there be more testing clinics provided by the county/DOH? If so how soon can we find out some details so that we may pass them along to our staff?
A: The County and State are working with testing vendors to expand capabilities. Affected businesses or employees may also purchase FDA EUA self-administered over the counter test kits that could be used by employees. These are available online, or at CVS/Longs, Walgreens, Target and other locations. The following are a list of registration sites for free testing clinics around the County: 1) https://hawaiicovid19.com/testing-isolation-quarantine/, 2) https://preventcovidhi.com/, and 3) https://www.minitmed.com/pre-register maui-covid-19.
When it comes to travel, the restrictions say that if you want to fly via a vaccine exemption your departure date needs to be two weeks after you get your final vaccine shot. Does that also apply to employees who are getting vaccinated? Do they have to wait two weeks afterwards before coming back to work?
A: No. Employees who are in the process of becoming fully vaccinated are not required to stay away from work. These employees may also be exempted from the testing requirements, as detailed in a previous question above.
Maui County specifically lists restaurant, bars and gymnasiums as having to have all of our employees either vaccinated or tested weekly. But what about staff members who work in those areas who aren’t anywhere near food and beverage? Such as HR or other office administration?
A: This is not required under County rules, but may be subject to testing or vaccination requirements with upcoming federal rules
If an employee has previously tested positive for COVID-19, is that employee still required to be vaccinated or test weekly? The DOH has said before that once a person tests positive they have the antibodies needed that would prevent transmission of the virus. I imagine that means those employees would be exempt.
A: An employee that has tested positive for COVID-19 is exempt from the testing or vaccination requirement for 90 days from the date of the infection
Are there any best practices listed somewhere by the county or state to help us with verifying the vaccination status or test results?
A: Smart HEALTH Card: https://hawaiicovid19.com/smart-health-card/
Are spas being counted as a type of gymnasium and if so will those employees have to also be vaccinated/tested?
A: Yes, gyms, spas, fitness centers, have this requirement.
Considering that some hotel operations hand out refreshments in the lobby during check-in, do we need those employees in the lobby to also be vaccinated and should we be checking guest vaccinations/testing as well in those areas?
Does this employee vaccination/testing rule apply to those who work in banquets and luaus?
A: Yes, for those that handle food and beverages
Do contract cleaners who clean our restaurants and bars (and hotel gyms) have to all be vaccinated as well? What if an engineer goes into the kitchen to fix an oven? I’m just wondering how far to take this mandate.
A: Not required by County rules, but may be impacted by upcoming federal rules
Can we get a written explanation about the mandatory testing/vaccination for employees and the indoor/outdoor requirements for those dining in our restaurants/bars? In other words, do our employees who serve food and beverage in open air environments still have to get vaccinated/weekly testing?
A: Yes, all food establishment employees are required to be vaccinated or test weekly. Please refer to page 13 in the September 15 rules: https://www.mauicounty.gov/DocumentCenter/View/125111/COM_Public Health-Emergency-Rules
Do golf snack shops, golf snack carts and food trucks need to adhere to the vaccination/testing rule for employees?
A: Yes, the rules apply to any employee working in a food establishment
If a restaurant is entirely “outdoor” dining, do the employees still need to show proof of vaccination/testing?
Yes, anyone handling food and beverages.
Do all employees in the hotel spa need to be fully vaccinated or opt for testing?
A: Yes, even those providing outdoor massages.
Can an employee who has received their first shot be exempt for weekly testing?
A. Employees who fall into the following categories will not be required to test weekly: 1. Employees who have been fully vaccinated (Fully vaccinated means that 14 days have passed following a two-dose vaccine series or a single-dose vaccine.) utilizing a COVID-19 vaccine; 2. Employees who have received the first dose of a two-dose vaccination series (solely during the 30-day time period between doses); 3. Employees who are in the 14-day waiting period following their one-dose or two-dose vaccination series. To be exempt from weekly testing, based on vaccination, proof of COVID-19 vaccination may be requested by the employer.
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.
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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