Wailuku, Maui, HI (January 6, 2022) – Maui County and our state are experiencing the highest surge of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, with over 700 cases reported for Maui County today and a positivity rate that has soared to 17.8% – the highest ever recorded. With the increase in cases, Maui Health does expect to see an increase in hospitalized COVID-19 patients and are urging all residents to consider the vaccine, and if already vaccinated, please receive the booster dose.
In the last two days, we have admitted seven additional COVID-19 patients, and none have received the booster dose. Today, we are caring for 20 COVID-19 positive patients, with one patient in the ICU and zero on a ventilator. Of the 20 patients, ten are vaccinated, but again, none of the vaccinated patients received a booster dose. It is absolutely vital all eligible residents receive the booster dose of the vaccine.
MMMC will be following the Department of Health recommendation to extend the booster dose of the vaccine to children ages 12 to 17. In addition, we will provide a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine to moderately to severely immunocompromised children ages 5 to 11 at least 28 days after their second dose.
The Maui Memorial Medical Center, Main Lobby Vaccine Clinic continues to provide Pfizer vaccine to all eligible residents:
- Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- No appointment needed; walk-ins are welcome during clinic hours.
- Administering first, second, third and booster doses to all qualified individuals.
- To qualify for a booster dose, you must be at least 12 years old or older and five months past your second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, six months past your second dose of the Moderna vaccine or two months past your single dose of Johnson & Johnson.
- Pediatric dose available for ages 5 to 11
- Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
For more information on how to receive the vaccine, please visit www.mauihealth.org
About Maui Health
Maui Health, aka Maui Health System, community hospitals and associated clinics affiliated with Kaiser Permanente, includes Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital, Lanai Community Hospital and associated clinics, and serves the people of Maui and Lanai. The facilities under Maui Health employ nearly 1700 Maui County residents, partner with over 450 hospital-based physicians, clinicians, and community-based primary and specialty physicians, and are open to all patients regardless of health insurance coverage. Maui Health is committed to delivering high quality, affordable, patient-centered health care and improving the health of the community. Maui Health is supported by Kaiser Permanente’s industry-leading technology systems, evidence-based medicine and nationally recognized care quality. For more information, visit mauihealth.org.