February 16, 2021

Second mass vaccination event at Mapunapuna Medical Office

Event prioritized seniors age 75 and older.

Nora Saito receives COVID-19 vaccination from Sharis Pasion, a medical assistant at the Mapunapuna Medical Office mass vaccination clinic.

Contact: Laura M. Lott
808-343-2406 (mobile)

HONOLULU — The state’s largest integrated health care provider held its second large-scale COVID-19 vaccination event at Mapunapuna Medical Office on Saturday, February 13, administering more than 2,200 COVID-19 vaccine doses. The event was part of Kaiser Permanente’s vaccination rollout in Hawaii, prioritizing older people and some essential workers, according to phase 1b guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Kaiser Permanente is also continuing to vaccinate phase 1a groups, which includes health care workers and community providers such as independent physicians and dentists. More than 75% of Kaiser Permanente’s staff on Oahu has received at least one COVID-19 vaccination and with Saturday’s shots Kaiser Permanente has administered close to 30,000 doses in Hawaii.

“The past year has been one of the most challenging times in many health care workers’ careers. We’ve been witness to unprecedented human loss during a time of both increased personal risk at work and disruption of personal life at home” said Tarquin Collis, MD, chief of infectious disease for Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii. “But for all of the craziness of the last year, I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished as a medical and scientific community, and in some ways this pandemic has refocused many of our lives on the things that matter most. In terms of vaccination, we’re incredibly fortunate and grateful to have safe and effective vaccines for this virus, and we can’t wait to bring as many people in the community to safety as we can. We want to thank everyone for their patience as we vaccinate our most vulnerable ‘kupuna’ first, and we look forward to rolling out the vaccine to more people over the coming months as fast as possible.”

Kaiser Permanente members age 75 and older on Oahu are being notified via email, text, and kp.org to schedule their vaccination appointment online. Those not already registered on kp.org are encouraged to register by visiting kp.org/register

Kaiser Permanente members and nonmembers who have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine can call the KP COVID-19 Vaccine InfoLine at 1-855-550-0951 (TTY 711) or visit kp.org/covidvaccine.

About Kaiser Permanente

For 75 years, Kaiser Permanente has been committed to shaping the future of health and health care — and helping our members, patients, and communities experience more healthy years. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Since July 21, 1945, Kaiser Permanente’s mission has been to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.4 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health.