HONOLULU – The Queen’s Medical Center (Queen’s) is like many health care organizations across the country, willing and ready to administer more vaccine doses than the current supply allows. Unfortunately, the vaccine inventory remains low and severe winter weather on the mainland is causing further delays in deliveries. As a result, the Queen’s vaccination schedule has been reduced.
“We would love nothing more than to be able to provide 4,000 doses or more each day,” Jason Chang, President of The Queen’s Medical Center, said. “As we wait for additional shipments to arrive, we are making adjustments based on availability of doses and to ensure we are operating efficiently.”
At the Blaisdell clinic, Queen’s has transitioned kupuna who had first-dose appointments scheduled this week to the Saturday, February 20, calendar. They will be joining those who are scheduled to return February 20 for their second dose, and Queen’s looks forward to vaccinating all of these individuals.
Meanwhile, the clinic at The Queen’s Conference Center at Punchbowl continues to honor appointments that have already been scheduled for this week. No appointments are being canceled at this time.
“For our caregivers, who want to continue inoculating members of our community and building that layer of protection, any slowdown is heartbreaking. Our teams are anxious to move forward with mass vaccination as soon as we can get more doses in hand. We continue to closely monitor our vaccine supply and eagerly await deliveries from the mainland so we can increase our scheduling,” Chang said.
Anyone with questions about vaccine scheduling may call the Queen’s Vaccination Line at 808-691-2222.