HONOLULU – AARP Hawai’i is asking Kupuna 50 and older to fill out online questionnaires and share their experiences and thoughts about the COVID-19 vaccination process in Hawaii.

“We know that Kupuna has a strong interest and desire to be vaccinated for their own safety and the safety of their loved ones,” said Keali’i Lopez, AARP Hawai’i state director.

“We have heard from individual AARP members and this questionnaire is an attempt to gather more information that can guide our lobbying and help the state improve the process.”

The online questionnaire is available at action.aarp.org/hivaccinesurvey. The results will be collected by Monday March 8th.

AARP Hawai’i will analyze and share the results with key stakeholders and decision-makers and publish the results on the AARP Hawai’i website.

AARP Hawai’i will also discuss the findings during AARP’s COVID-19 vaccine phone city hall on Wednesday, March 10th at 12:00 noon. Visit aarp.org/nearyou for more information and to sign up for the free phone forum at Lt. Gov. Josh Green and Ron Balajadia, Director of Immunization at the Department of Health, will register.

The questionnaires ask if people have tried to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, get vaccinated, and what people think about how the state reconciles vaccination of Kupuna and key workers.

Responses will be obtained through the news media, AARP Hawai’i Facebook page, and email to members and non-members who have replied to previous advocacy emails from AARP Hawai’i.

The results of this questionnaire are not scientific. But they should provide a variety of anecdotal experiences and a general sense of how Kupuna feels about the vaccine introduction. AARP hopes to resend the questionnaire next month to see if opinions and experiences change as the vaccine rollout continues.