Representatives Lisa Kitagawa and Scot Z. Matayoshi sponsor a community flu vaccination clinic at Windward Community College on September 10. Times Pharmacy will administer flu shots on a first-come, first-served basis from 9 a.m. to noon at the college. . Those wishing to get a flu shot should bring their insurance card, including insurance cards for children, as well as their photo ID. The regular flu shot costs $55 for those without insurance, but most insurance plans cover all or most of the cost. Senior doses will also be available. Wearing a mask is encouraged.
“Our health care system is still feeling the effects of the ongoing pandemic,” said Rep. Matayoshi (D-49, Kāne’ohe, Maunawili, Olomana). “We are still severely short of nursing and medical staff due to burnout. Getting the flu shot is a simple and safe way to ease some of the burden on our hospitals and medical staff.
Parents with children are encouraged to bring their children ages 3 and up to this drive-thru flu shot event, especially since public school flu shot clinics have been discontinued this year. With the start of the school year, the flu shot offers parents a great way to keep their children and families safe.
“Having a drive-thru clinic available at the WCC makes it very easy and safe for residents to bring their families in and get their flu shots quickly and easily,” said Rep. Kitagawa (D- 48, Kāneʻohe, Kahaluʻu, Waiāhole). “I want to thank Times Pharmacy and Windward Community College for making this critical event possible.”
Windward Community Drive-Thru Flu Vaccination Clinic
9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, September 10
Lower parking lot near Hale A’o, 45-720 Kea’ahala Road
Bring insurance information and photo ID
Masks are encouraged.
Times Pharmacy contracts with all major insurers (HMA, HMAA, HMSA, Kaiser, UHA, TRICARE, PSWA, Hawaii Laborers Union, Medicare and Quest). Most insurers fully cover the cost of the flu shot with a $0 co-pay, but there are some instances where the shot would not be 100% covered. Union insurance policies have a small copayment of the total cost of the flu vaccine.
Times will invoice the clinic participant if they do have a share. Times will also provide higher dose injections to people aged 65 and over. If the clinic participant’s insurance does not cover the flu shot, the cash price for the regular shot is $55 and $75 for the senior dose.
For those without a vehicle, walk-in flu shots will also be available in the Hale A’o parking lot.
Although getting the flu shot does not protect against COVID-19, flu shots have been shown to reduce the risk of flu, hospitalization and death, and getting the flu shot can also save health resources for the care of patients with COVID-19 or other emergency health needs.
To facilitate the process, community members are encouraged to complete registration materials in advance by visiting the following website: bit.ly/3Qzqiay.
For more information, call the Matayoshi representative at (808) 586-8470 or the Kitagawa representative at (808) 586-8540.
This press release was provided by the Hawaii House Majority Communications Office.