Times Pharmacy wants to remind the public that if they received a Hepatitis A vaccination during the recent outbreak they’ll need to get their second booster shot to complete the vaccination series. A minimum of six months between shots is required for the vaccine to offer full/complete protection.
“People who took the first shot can take the second shot between 6-12 months after the initial shot,” said Patrick Uyemoto, Clinical Pharmacy Manager at Times Supermarket RX, “but it’s highly recommended that patients receive the booster shot as close to the six-month mark as possible to increase the vaccine’s effectiveness.
Times Pharmacy suggests that customers check the date when they received their first shot and plan to get the second shot 6 months from that date. “If the patient is returning to the same pharmacy or doctor’s office where they received their first shot, they simply need to check the date when they received their first shot and schedule their follow-up appointment six months from that date,” said Mr. Uyemoto.
It’s perfectly fine for patients to get their follow-up shot at a different location than the one at which they received their first shot. However, patients who wish to get their second shot at a different location are required to bring proof of the date of the first shot to meet manufacture guidelines and CDC regulations.
“We vaccinated over 8,000 people for Hepatitis A since August, so to provide the best possible care for the community we’re going to hold vaccination clinics at Times Pharmacies island wide starting in February,” said Uyemoto.
- 3/25 - Kam Shopping Center, Kailua & Royal Kunia - 8am-5pm
- 3/26 - Aiea & Waimalu - 8am-5pm
- 4/1 - Kahala, Royal Kunia & Waimalu - 8am-5pm
- 4/2 - Aiea & Waipahu - 8am-5pm
*Subject To Change.