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Representatives Kitagawa, Matayoshi Sponsor Second Windward Community Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic

Times Pharmacy will administer flu shots at Windward Community College Sept. 18

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – Representatives Lisa Kitagawa and Scot Z. Matayoshi are sponsoring a community drive-thru flu shot clinic at Windward Community College September 18. Times Pharmacy will administer the flu shots on a first-come, first-serve basis from 9 a.m. to noon at the college. Those who would like a flu shot should bring their insurance card, including insurance cards for children, as well as their photo ID. The regular flu shot is $55 for those who do not have insurance, but most insurance plans cover all or nearly all of the cost. Please remember to wear your mask.

"With our hospitals filling up and ICUs overflowing, we need to do everything we can to reduce the number of patients needing hospitalization," said Representative Matayoshi (D-49, Kāne‘ohe, Maunawili, Olomana). "Preventing hospitalizations from the flu is one way we can help to ease the burden on our medical system."

Parents who have children are encouraged to bring their children, 3 years of age and older, to this drive-thru flu shot event, especially since flu shot clinics at public schools are limited and schools may not be participating in the program again this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

"Providing a drive-thru clinic at WCC makes it very easy and safe for residents to bring in their families and get this protective flu shot quickly and easily," said Representative 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 Shot Clinic

9 a.m to noon, Saturday September 18

Lower Parking Lot near Hale A‘o, 45-720 Kea‘ahala Road

Bring Insurance information and Photo ID

Remember to Wear Your Mask!

Times Pharmacy contracts with all major insurance providers (HMA, HMAA, HMSA, Kaiser, UHA, TRICARE, PSWA, Hawaii Laborers Union, Medicare and Quest). Most insurance providers cover the cost of the flu vaccine completely with $0 copay, but there are some cases where the vaccine wouldn't be covered 100%. Union insurance policies have a small copay of the total cost of the flu vaccine.

Times will invoice the clinic participant if they do have a copay. Times will also be providing high dose shots for those 65 years of age and older. If the clinic participant's insurance does not cover the flu vaccine, the cash price for the regular vaccine is $55 and $75 for the high dose shot.

For individuals who do not have a vehicle, walk-in flu shots will also be available in the Hale A'o parking lot.

While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death, and getting a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19. This is especially important now as the state sees a high surge in COVID-19 cases, most of which are the Delta variant.

For more information call Rep. Matayoshi at (808) 586-8470 or Rep. Kitagawa at (808) 586-8540


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