Coronavirus Information for Employers
Frequently Asked Questions
Updated June 8, 2021
A. Priority for vaccines has been determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Hawaii State Department of Health. View the Executive Summary of the Vaccination Plan here.
Recommendations from the Hawaii COVID‐19 Vaccine Allocation and Prioritization Working Group in conjunction with Department of Health subject matter experts were used to identify the population groups below. Strong consideration was given to CDC Guidance and adherence to ACIP recommendations (See Figure ES‐6: Vaccine Prioritization Phases).
For the most detailed and up-to-date information, please see hawaiicovid19.com.
A. Those who meet the criteria for each phase will be able to get the vaccine through any approved COVID-19 vaccine provider, as supplies allow. As the vaccine has only just arrived in Hawaii, the details will become clearer in the coming weeks.
A. The Department of Health has a new service for kupuna that simplifies the COVID-19 vaccination registration process. View the Departmant of Health news release here.
- Seniors or family caregivers can call 2-1-1 to reach Aloha United Way’s team of trained specialists. This service is available seven days a week for those age 65 and older. Call 2-1-1 for personalized assistance in navigating the registration process and securing appointments. The team can also help eligible individuals arrange for transportation to a vaccination provider.
- Aloha United Way’s 2-1-1 team is responsible for the initial intake process. Information is then securely electronically transferred to the St. Francis Healthcare System call center team. St. Francis will follow up with kupuna who have called AUW’s 2-1-1 within 24 to 48 hours.
A. For more information, please contact your own legal counsel.
A. No. There is no co-pay to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, even from an out-of-network provider. As with the flu shot, this critical vaccine will be provided at $0 co-pay.
A. As of this time, we do not anticipate setting up vaccine clinics in our members’ place of business because of a number of unprecedented challenges, including requirements for storage and temperature monitoring equipment, as well as other issues.
A. For the most comprehensive and up-to-date information, please see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at cdc.gov.
A. Employees do not need to be tested if:
- they have been fully vaccinated and currently present no symptoms
- they have tested positive for COVID-19 within 3 months prior and currently present no symptoms
If they are not fully vaccinated whether or not they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, they should call their doctor, who will determine if a test is medically appropriate for them in adherence to Hawaii DOH and CDC guidelines.
Please be aware that Workers’ Compensation coverage may apply.
A. UHA will cover COVID-19 diagnostic testing when the test is, at the time of service, in accordance with updated CDC guidelines. Coverage is subject to change contingent upon evolving CDC guidelines. UHA will not cover non-diagnostic testing.
A. The CDC recommends the following individuals should obtain COVID-19 diagnostic testing:
- People who have symptoms of COVID-19 who are fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine should first be evaluated by their healthcare provider and be tested for COVID-19 if indicated to do so.
- People without symptoms of COVID-19 who are not fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine:
- who have had close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 (including a person who does not have symptoms within 10 days of their positive test result)
- who have taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for COVID-19, such as attending large social or mass gatherings, or being in crowded indoor settings
- who are prioritized for expanded community screening for COVID-19
- who have been asked or referred to get tested by their school, workplace, healthcare provider, state, tribal, local, or territorial health department
Please review the remaining questions and answers as to whether UHA will provide coverage for a COVID-19 test in specific situations.
A. No. Testing requested by employers or testing to screen for general workplace health and safety (such as an employee “return to work” program), or testing for employment purposes are not covered by UHA plans. This aligns with UHA’s Medical Benefits Guide (MBG) and the guidance recently issued by the federal tri-agencies (U.S. departments of: Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury).
Eligibility and Premiums
One-Time COVID-19 Premium Discount in 2020
A.The Department of Health developed a new program, Kū Makani—The Hawai‘i Resiliency Project, offering dedicated crisis counseling to callers facing emotional fallout related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Kū Makani has an array of services to help residents experiencing anxiety, depression, panic or just feeling overwhelmed by the challenges of the pandemic.
- This is a FREE service.
- To reach a trained Kū Makani counselor, call the Hawai’I CARES hotline:
- Oahu – (808) 832-3100
- Neighbor Islands: Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii – 1 (800) 753-6879
- Kū Makani crisis counseling hours:
- 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday-Friday
- 9:00a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
- Visit the Kū Makani website and social media for detail about the program, services, upcoming events, and island-specific resources: kumakani.org
- For non-pandemic counseling and services, including crisis support, mental health resources and substance use treatment services, you may always call the Hawai‘i CARES hotline 24/7 at 1 (800) 753-6879 or text “ALOHA” to 741741.