Hilo Medical Center hosts coronavirus vaccine event, over 5,000 receive Pfizer dose


HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Hilo Medical Center (HMC) hosted a COVID-19 vaccine point of distribution on Saturday, April 3, where over 5,000 individuals received a dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

The mass vaccination event was held at the Edith Kanakaole Multi-Purpose Stadium and was the first day everyone 16 years and older were eligible to be vaccinated.

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According to HMC, high school and college students received vaccinations, among others. HMC also hit the milestone of administering its 25,000th COVID-19 vaccine dose at Saturday’s event.

The Medical Center has a weekday alternate clinic and kupuna-friendly appointments at the Arc of Hilo.

Pfizer’s is the only COVID-19 vaccine that is authorized for emergency use in those who are 16 and older while Johnson & Johnson and Moderna have emergency use authorization for those 18 years and older.

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