Director's Message April 30 2021 - VA Pacific Islands Health Care System
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VA Pacific Islands Health Care System


Director's Message April 30 2021

Dr. Adam Robinson


Friday, April 30, 2021

VAPIHCS Veterans,

VAPIHCS will resume offering the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 18 years and older, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance, following a 10-day pause recommended by the CDC and FDA after a very small number of people who received the vaccine experienced rare but serious blood clots.

After careful review and evaluation, the FDA and CDC have confidence that this vaccine is safe for use and effective in preventing COVID-19. The available data show that the vaccine’s benefits outweigh its risks and the chance of blood clots occurring following its administration is very low. Anyone who is offered the J&J vaccine from VA will receive information about the potential risks and benefits of the vaccine, including the rare risk of blood clots and will be made aware of alternative vaccine options.

The primary goal of COVID-19 vaccination is to protect those we serve from COVID-19, and VA’s priority remains the safety of all those receiving vaccine from VA, including Veterans, their spouses, caregivers, employees and federal partners.
“One and Done” with only one required dose, the Johnson &  Johnson Covid-19 vaccine is providing our Veterans, spouses, and caregivers an option to receive their vaccinations and be “One and Done”.

VAPIHCS has more than 3,000 Johnson and Johnson vaccines that must be administered by June 23rd.

Call to secure an appointment: 1-800-214-1306

We have both face-to-face or telehealth appointments and you can still utilize our drive-thru pharmacy service (on Oahu) from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

One Team, One Ohana!
Adam M. Robinson, Jr., MD, MBA, CPE
Director, VA Pacific Islands Health Care System

Mass Vaccine Event

We are now offering vaccinations to all Veterans, spouses, caregivers and CHAMPVA recipients.Mass Vaccine Event

 VAPIHCS will be hosting mass COVID Vaccine distribution events.

Upcoming Vaccine Events

  • Spark Matsunaga Medical Center: ACC Vaccine Clinic starting 1 May -Weds & Fri; starting 15 May -Weds
  • May 15 - Ke’ehi Lagoon Memorial: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. “Taking Charge of Your Life & Health Though VA Services”

Walk-ins are available on a first come, first served basis

Stay Informed

  Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. on AM830, KHVH with Rick Hamada

  Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. on AM690, The Answer - Aligned with Veterans hour with Mike Buck


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