Coronavirus Information for Employers
Frequently Asked Questions
Updated April 2, 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.
A1. 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).
A2. UHA members who show no COVID-19 symptoms (asymptomatic) must meet current Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) as well as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for close contact with an infected person, which the CDC defines as any individual who’s been within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes of repeated face-to-face contact within a 24-hour period with a laboratory-confirmed or probable COVID-19 patient.
A UHA member’s attending health care provider will determine if testing is medically appropriate for the individual in accordance with current accepted medical standards of CDC guidelines. Please also refer to UHA COVID FAQ: How do I get tested?
A3. Employees in “close contact” means they must meet current Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) as well as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for close contact with an infected person, which the CDC defines as any individual who’s been within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes of repeated face-to-face contact within a 24-hour period with a laboratory-confirmed or probable COVID-19 patient.
For those who do not have symptoms (asymptomatic) and do meet the above close contact criteria, an employee’s attending health care provider will determine if a test is medically appropriate for the employee in adherence to Hawaii DOH and CDC guidelines.
Please be aware that Workers’ Compensation coverage may apply.
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.