Hawaii clinics, pharmacies that supply COVID-19 booster vaccinations for the immunocompromised

Several pharmacies and clinics in Hawaii are now offering booster COVID-19 vaccines to qualified individuals.

On Friday, Hawaii Pacific Health said it would offer the vaccinations after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices endorsed the use of a third dose of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for immunocompromised individuals.

The CDC recommends that people with moderate to severe immunodeficiency receive an additional dose of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after the first two doses.

These include people who have received active cancer treatment for tumors or blood cancer, organ transplants who are taking drugs to suppress the immune system, people with advanced or untreated HIV infection, DiGeorge syndrome, people who are taking drugs that can suppress their immune response and more.

CDC recommends giving the additional dose at least four weeks after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved an additional dose of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to protect organ transplant recipients and those with severely compromised immune systems.

However, the FDA had no recommendations for recipients of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine.

The following booster vaccinations currently being given in Hawaii are for the immunocompromised only.

>> Hawaii Pacific Health has been offering COVID booster vaccinations since Friday and will continue this week at the following locations in Oahu:

>> Moanalua High School: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. today

>> Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children: weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

>> Hawaii Pacific University in the Aloha Tower Marketplace: Wednesday 8 am-3pm

>> Farrington High School: Thursday 11 am-7pm

>> Kailua High School: Friday 9 am-1pm

Appointments are recommended at HawaiiPacificHealth.org/COVID19Vaccine, but walk-ins are also accepted.

>> Queen’s Health Systems offers Pfizer and Moderna booster vaccinations at all vaccine clinics, including Blaisdell Center, West Oahu, Molokai General, North Hawaii and its mobile clinics for immunocompromised individuals only. They have to certify that they have a condition to be eligible. Visit covid.queens / vaccine-booster-faq or call the COVID-19 vaccination number on weekdays at 691-2222 for more information.

>> CVS Pharmacies / Longs Drugs began offering eligible immunocompromised patients a third dose of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 syringes on Saturday, according to guidelines shared by the CDC. Eligible patients are strongly encouraged to schedule a third dose appointment on CVS.com.

>> Walgreens locations nationwide to offer a third dose of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines as per federal guidelines. Patients should bring their vaccination certificate with them to the appointments and must certify their eligibility. Call your local pharmacy at 1-800-WALGREENS or visit walgreens.com.

>> Adventist Health Castle conducts COVID-19 vaccinations for people 12 years and older and third doses for immunocompromised people in the Windward Mall Tuesday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted. Appointments can be made at 263-5002 or at this link.

>> Kaiser Permanente Hawaii doctors and care teams are reaching out to this subset of patients with instructions that they can get their third dose at any of the 12 facilities that offer vaccinations, according to spokeswoman Laura Lott.

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