‘Ike aku, ʻike mai, kōkua aku, kōkua mai. Pēlā no ka nohona ʻohana (Watch, observe. Help others and accept help. This is the family way). Overcoming this pandemic is a collective effort, and all of us have a chance to serve our loved ones and community by doing our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. We want to thank you for staying informed and invite you to register for our next webinar on February 3 at 1 p.m. as we discuss the latest updates on the COVID-19 vaccine. While details for the rollout are still being determined for some groups, kūpuna vaccinations are moving forward. Learn more about how you can get vaccinated, or help kūpuna in need, below. We can all do our part to keep our most vulnerable community members safe.

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COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE

As of last week, the state of Hawai‘i is vaccinating kūpuna ages 75 or older by appointment only. Before registering, everyone is asked to review the pre-vaccination checklist. More information on how to schedule an appointment can be found on the state’s vaccination website and for vaccine related questions, please call (808) 586-8332. The State Department of Health also has a  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document that has been translated in over 12 languages. If there are no available appointments, authorities request that you remain patient until further appointments become available. If you are unable to schedule an appointment right away, please do not show up to a vaccination site without an appointment. The state will vaccinate all who are interested and are awaiting for more vaccines to be shipped to Hawai‘i. If you live in a retirement or elderly care home, your facility will coordinate the administration of your vaccine.

KŪPUNA VACCINATIONS BY COUNTY

Kaua‘i County
The County of Kaua‘i’s vaccination webpage provides kūpuna with information on how they can get vaccinated. If you need assistance requesting an appointment, it is recommended to ask a friend or family member for help. If not, you may call the Agency on Elderly Affairs at (808) 241-4470 for assistance in scheduling an appointment.

KVMH & MAHELONA

The county website directs residents who want to get vaccinated at KVMH or Mahelona to visit Hawai‘i Health System’s website. You can fill out an appointment request form and email it to KauaiCovid19@hhsc.org.

WILCOX MEDICAL CENTER

Residents who prefer to get vaccinated at Wilcox Medical Center, can go to Hawai‘i Pacific Health’s online vaccination appointment request form. Hawai‘i Pacific Health also created a flyer of important information you should know if you have an appointment at the Wilcox Medical Center.

City and County of Honolulu
On Oʻahu, there are different locations kūpuna can get vaccinated. Hawai‘i Pacific Health, the Queen’s Health System and Kaiser Permanente offer vaccinations in the Honolulu district. Adventist Health Castle and the Department of Health offer vaccinations in the Windward district. Information on the vaccine can be found on One Oʻahu and all locations are listed below and on the state’s vaccination website.

HAWAIʻI PACIFIC HEALTH (HPH)

HPH is providing vaccinations at Pier 2 Cruise Terminal in Honolulu. Hawai‘i Pacific Health patients can create a MyChart account and schedule a vaccination appointment through MyChart. If you are not a HPH patient, you can fill out an online form and within three business days you will receive an email, or a representative will follow up to schedule your appointment. HPH created a flyer of important information you should review once your appointment is scheduled.

THE QUEEN’S HEALTH SYSTEM

To register for a vaccination at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall visit Queen’s COVID-19 website. The website includes the hours of their vaccination line, (808) 691-2222. For questions not related to vaccinations but regarding COVID-19, you can call (808) 691-2619.

KAISER PERMANENTE HAWAIʻI

At this time, Kaiser is scheduling COVID-19 vaccination appointments for members only. Oʻahu members can book their appointment online. If you’re unable to schedule your appointment online, please call 808-432-2000 (TTY 711). The line is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ADVENTIST HEALTH CASTLE

Adventist Health Castle is scheduling appointments for adults 75 years and older that live and/or work in the Windward community. New appointments are not being accepted at this time but when more appointments become available, you may fill out the COVID-19 Vaccination form. Details of qualifying individuals may be found here. Adventist Health is asking people who need help registering to ask a family member or friend first, but if assistance is still required you may call (808) 263-5002.

BHA DOH COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINIC

The Department of Health will be conducting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for kūpuna ages 75+ in Kāneʻohe. Please visit their scheduling page to make an appointment. If you have any questions, please email DOH.BHAvaccinepod@doh.hawaii.gov.

Maui County
Maui County’s website states Maui Memorial Medical Center is the only location administering the vaccine at this time.

MAUI HEALTH

Maui Health anticipated to receive more vaccines than they did, so there are appointment changes for people who had their first dose appointment scheduled from Sunday, January 17 through Sunday, February 7, 2021. Those appointments have been postponed and you should receive an email from Maui Health with further instructions. For second doses (scheduled only on the weekends) please review a walk in schedule to receive your second dose. When more appointments become available, Maui residents can register online at Maui Health.

Hawai‘i County
Three main hospitals are coordinating COVID-19 vaccinations in Hawai‘i County for qualifying groups. As of January 20, kūpuna may schedule an appointment to be vaccinated by calling the Department of Health at (808) 300-1120.

HILO MEDICAL CENTER

Kūpuna who would like to get their vaccinations at Hilo Medical Center can fill out a vaccination form that will be submitted to the CDC. You can expect an email from the CDC within two business days to register for the VAMS website. The VAMS user manual provides information on how to register and those registering must have their own email address. After creating your VAMS account, you will be able to schedule an appointment. Please bring your license or state ID and your insurance card to your appointment. If you are unable to schedule an appointment online you can call the Hilo Medical Center Hotline at (808) 932-3000 (ext 8).

KONA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

To schedule an appointment at Kona Community hospital please call (808) 322-445, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The hospital is asking patients not to leave voicemails as they will NOT be returned. More information can be found on the COVID Kūpuna Vaccine Clinic flyer.

QUEEN’S NORTH COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Queen’s North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital is now scheduling vaccinations. Call QNHCH at (808) 88-4668 or email QNHCHVaccine@queens.org to make an appointment.

FEDERAL UPDATES
Medicaid for COFA Citizens
Congress restored the Medicaid eligibility for citizens residing in the U.S. from one of the Compact of Free Association (COFA) Nations. Hawaiʻi residents who are citizens of Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Islands and Republic of Palau can apply for Medicaid online or call 808-524-3370 (Oʻahu) or 1-800-316-8005 (Neighbor Islands).

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) 
The Federal Government passed the Economic Aid Act which allowed the U.S. Small Business Administration to reopen first- and second-time applicants for the Paycheck Protection Program. The SBA Paycheck Protection Program was established as part of the CARES Act to help businesses keep their workers employed during the pandemic. Businesses will have until March 31, 2021 or until funds run out to apply for a PPP loan. The Hawai‘i lender’s list provides banks that can help you in applying for your first or second PPP loan.

SAVE THE DATE: COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE WEBINAR 2/3 

February 2021 webinar

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PUBLIC HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK

COVID-19 Health Tip
We acknowledge the stress that may arise from your responsibilities, in addition to coping with frequent changes from the pandemic, so we encourage you to try this breathing technique to calm your brain and body when you feel overwhelmed. There are many studies that show the benefits of focusing on our breath to reduce stress and anxiety and we hope you will join us in repeating this whenever you need it!

GET MOVING WITH THE VIRTUAL GREAT ALOHA RUN 
From February 8 -15, the annual Great Aloha Run will now be a virtual race. Participants will have 8 days to walk or run 8.15 miles and can track their progress on a virtual course with surprises along the way. This year a portion of their proceeds will go to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. To register, click here.

DONATING COVID-19 CONVALESCENT PLASMA
January is National Blood Donor Month and the Blood Bank of Hawai‘i is asking people who tested positive for COVID-19 and have recovered to consider donating their plasma. COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) is a part of the blood that holds antibodies that can help save the lives of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Hawai‘i. For more information or to see if you’re eligible to donate blood, visit Blood Bank of Hawai‘i, email COVIDplasma@bbh.org or call (808) 848-4706.

UPCOMING WEBINAR: HAWAII COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATE ON JANUARY 27
On January 27, 12 – 1 p.m. HST, the Hawaiʻi Immunization Coalition and Hawaiʻi Pacific Health is hosting a Hawai‘i COVID-19 vaccination update. This webinar will discuss Hawai‘i’s implementation plan for the vaccine, CDC recommendations for EUA approved vaccinations and how to become a COVID-19 vaccine provider. To tune in, please complete this form to register.

TELE-TOWN HALL WITH LT. GOV. JOSH GREEN 
On January 30 at 9 a.m., acting state epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Kemble and Lt. Gov. Josh Green will answer kūpuna questions on the COVID-19 vaccine through a live telephone forum. Kūpuna can go to AARP’s online form to sign up to join the meeting by receiving a phone call Saturday morning or call (866) 295-7282 to register.

KEIKI HEROES
Keiki Heroes is a resource to encourage children to adopt healthy habits such as social distancing, wearing a mask, and washing hands. Keiki Heroes is a fun way kids can pledge to do their part in protecting the community from the spread of COVID-19.

NEW COVID-19 WEBPAGE
HIPHI has updated our COVID-19 webpage to be more user-friendly with additional resources and a new look and feel! Weʻre calling on our community to share resources that have been most helpful to you so we may add them. If you have any resources or updates we should include in our next email or on our website, feel free to contact us at covidresponse@hiphi.org.