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DOH Maui office opens COVID-19 vaccines to anyone 18 and older

The Maui News

Vaccinations are now available to anyone 18 years or older, with clinics scheduled at the University of Hawaii Maui College and King Kekaulike High School this week, the state Department of Health Maui District Office announced Monday.

Clinics at the college will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday and will offer the Moderna vaccine, which requires two shots 28 days apart. Participants must register in advance at www.signupgenius.com/go/ 7april2021 for the Wednesday clinic and www.signupgenius .com/go/9april2021 for the Friday clinic.

Another clinic will also be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at King Kekaulike High School and will offer the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. To register, visit www.signupgenius .com/go/10april2021.

With the DOH expanding eligibility, Minit Medical is offering COVID-19 vaccine appointments today, Thursday, Friday and Saturday for all Hawaii residents ages 18 and older.

Minit Medical, which administers the Moderna vaccine at War Memorial Gym in Wailuku, has dispensed more than 6,000 vaccines to Hawaii residents, the health care provider said Monday. Starting this week, Minit Medical will administer 3,000 vaccines a week and plans to operate clinics Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Appointments are required and are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis at www. minitmed.com/vaccination-clinic. Participants who successfully book an appointment will receive a confirmation; those who did not receive a confirmation did not properly complete their appointment. No walk-ups are allowed.

Anyone having trouble booking an appointment should email vaccine@minitmed.com.

Insurance covers the vaccine in full. However, those do not have insurance can still book an appointment at no cost.

Residents interested in getting one of the extra doses that occasionally remain at the end of the day can wait in the designated area at 4 p.m. at War Memorial and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Because there are normally one to 10 extra doses, residents should not stay in line if there are already more than 10 people, Minit Medical said. There is no guarantee that there will be extra vaccines, and preregistration is not required to receive the extra doses.

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