Oahu presents a number of appointment choices for a COVID-19 vaccine for Hawaiian youngsters ages 12-15

COVID-19 vaccine appointments are now available for children ages 12-15 in multiple locations, including select Longs Drugs pharmacies, the Blaisdell Center, and the Pier 2 Vaccination Center, following federal approval.

The Hawaii Department of Health said today it is pleased to learn that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that 12-15 year olds get the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine after being told by the Food and Drug Administration have received an emergency permit.

“This vaccine is safe and very effective, especially in this age group,” said DOH Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char in a press release. “The vaccine provides another layer of protection and will help reduce transmission and disease, which will protect young people, their parents and their grandparents. We are very happy that this additional group can now be vaccinated. “

CVS Health announced today that it will be accepting appointments for COVID-19 vaccines for the age group at 15 Longs Drugs pharmacies across Hawaii, with the first vaccinations available on Thursday.

Patients are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at CVS.com or through the CVS Pharmacy App, which only shows appointments at locations that have the Pfizer vaccine, but walk-ins are also accepted.

According to CVS, parental or guardian consent is required and children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Queen’s Doctor, Dr. Julius Pham, brought his 12-year-old son Everett this morning to get a COVID-19 vaccine at the Blaisdell Center, which is now taking appointments.

According to Queen spokesman Sean Ibara, more than 70 parents and guardians made appointments to vaccinate their 12 to 15 year olds at Blaisdell today.

Queen’s North Hawaii Community Hospital also vaccinated several of this age group today.

Hawaii Pacific Health also accepts appointments from the age of 12 at the Pier 2 Vaccination Center, which is open Monday through Saturday, and the Wilcox Medical Center on Kauai. The HPH COIVD-19 Vax Squad Bus, which visits various schools, also accepts appointments from the age of 12.

Pfizer is the only vaccine for people 12-17 years of age who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

COVID-19 vaccination appointments from 12 years of age now available:

>> HPH Pier 2 Vaccination Center (at HawaiiPacificHealth.org/COVID19Vaccine). Walk-ins are also accepted Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

>> The Queen’s Health Systems’ Blaisdell Vaccination Clinic (located in the Blaisdell Concert Hall) offers Pfizer vaccines on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Make an appointment at covid.queens.org/vaccine. Walk-ins are also possible from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

>> Adventist Health Castle, from Friday. Visit adventisthealth.org/castle/vaccine to schedule an appointment. Vaccinated persons must be 12 years old before they are appointed.

>> Queen’s Medical Center – West Oahu offers Pfizer vaccines. Make an appointment at covid.queens.org/vaccine.

>> Queen’s Mobile Clinic at McKinley High School, 10 am to 2 pm Saturday, is open to the public and for anyone 12 years and over. Pre-registration is recommended, but not required.

>> Wilcox Medical Center, Kauai. Visit WilcoxHealth.org/Vaccine.

>> Lihue Safeway. Visit safeway.com/pharmacy/covid-19.html

>> To find more options, visit hawaiicovid19.com.

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