COVID-19 Resources

Mālama I Ke Ola Health Center is committed to your safety and well-being. Our ʻohana has been working hard to provide safe and timely care to all of our patients, utilizing well-established safety protocols at all times, in conjunction with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Hawaii Department of Health.

Vaccines & Boosters

The impact of COVID-19 continues to influence healthcare globally as well as our community here in Maui. At Mālama I Ke Ola, it is crucial that we prioritize the safety and health of our island community. The CDC recommends everyone 6 years and older receive 1 updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 Bivalent vaccine to be up to date, regardless of whether they have received any of the original COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Mālama I Ke Ola Health Center offers the Pfizer/Moderna Bivalent vaccine for new and existing patients.
  • The Pfizer/Moderna Bivalent vaccine is available for children ages 6 months to 5 years and can be scheduled with your child's pediatrician.
  • Vaccine boosters are available and have been shown to be effective in enhancing or restoring protection that may have declined over time, after your intial series of vaccination.

Call us today to schedule a vaccine or booster appointment: (808) 871-7772

What to Bring to your Appointment
Valid Picture ID
Medical Insurance Card (if you have insurance)
COVID-19 Vaccination Card (if you are receiving your second shot in the series or your booster)


How much is the vaccine?

Both the vaccine and booster are free for patients. Mālama I Ke Ola Health Center may bill your insurance company if indicated by insurance rules.

Who is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine?

-Children and teens ages 6 months – 17 years
-Adults ages 18 years and older

Is the vaccine safe?

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. They have been approved by the FDA and are effective at preventing severe illness from COVID-19 as well as limiting the spread of the virus. Learn more >

Is the vaccine safe for my child?

Yes, prior to the approval of the COVID-19 vaccine, clinical trials involving thousands of children and teens were conducted to establish safety and efficacy.Learn More >

What are the common side effects of the vaccine?

On the arm where you received the shot:
-Pain at the injection site
-Mild swelling

Other possible symptoms or side effects:
-Muscle Pain

Severe reactions after vaccination are rare, but can occur. For this reason, you will be monitored by a provider for 15 minutes following your vaccination.  Most other side effects may last a few days after receiving the vaccine.  

Do I need a booster?

The CDC recommends everyone who is 5 years of age and older receive 1 booster after completing their first series of the COVID-19 vaccine, Adults 65 and older or those who are moderately or severely immunocompromised are recommended to receive 2 boosters.

COVID-19 Testing

If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or are experiencing mild respiratory symptoms, please consider using an at-home rapid antigen test kit. Free COVID-19 test kits are available to all patients at all clinic sites while supplies last. This will typically be your best option for testing even when PCR testing is available.

If you test positive for COVID-19, please stay home, call your provider and follow the Self-Isolation guidelines from the CDC.Learn More>
PCR testing is available by appointment through your primary care provider.
Call us today to schedule your PCR test: (808) 871-7772.

COVID-19 Testing FAQs

When should I take a COVID-19 test?

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. If you have come into close contact or exposure with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19.

What types of tests are available and does it matter which one I do?

PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests are very accurate and reliable and are considered the “gold standard” test for diagnosing COVID-19. They are a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) that is highly sensitive and are more likely to detect the virus than an antigen test. It can detect very small fragments of the virus even after you have recovered from COVID-19 and are no longer contagious. Therefore, if you have been infected with the COVID-19 virus within the last 3 months, it is recommended you opt for the rapid antigen test instead.

Rapid Antigen tests typically produce results in 15-30 minutes, but they are less sensitive and less likely to detect the virus, especially when no symptoms are present. This type of test is more useful to determine if you are currently infected and contagious and are most accurate at the onset of symptoms, or within the first few days when symptoms present. Most home test kits are rapid antigen tests which can be taken anywhere.

How fast will I receive results of my test?

PCR tests may take up to 3 days to receive results
Rapid antigen tests produce results within 15-30 minutes

How and where can I get tested?

Mālama I Ke Ola provides free rapid antigen home test kits to all patients. PCR testing is available by appointment through your primary care provider. Please call us to make an appointment for PCR testing: (808) 871-7772

What should I do if I test positive?

-If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home and self-isolate for at least 5 days. Follow the CDC's guidelines for self-isolation to keep your family and community safe. CDC Isolation Guidelines >
-Continue to wear a mask after isolating through the 10th day or until symptoms are resolved.

-Contact your primary care provider if your symptoms worsen or if you would like to start medication to treat the COVID-19 infection. If you experience significant difficulty with breathing or chest pain at any point, please dial 911 or visit your nearest emergency room.

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