Maui Coronavirus Updates

DOH Reports Greater Vaccine Supply

March 31, 2021, 3:22 PM HST
A
A
A

The Hawai‘i Department of Health is asking its District Health Offices on the neighbor islands to expand vaccine eligibility as needed to ensure all available vaccination slots are filled.

Every island has its own unique characteristics including population, population density, healthcare resources and varying degrees of hesitancy or enthusiasm for COVID-19 vaccine.

With more vaccine coming into Hawai‘i this week than any previous week, the department reports that DOH Director Dr. Elizabeth Char believes the time is right to give the neighbor islands “more say in how they administer vaccinations.”

“The state is getting more than 81,000 vaccine doses this week and the federal government is distributing thousands more to Longs Drugs and Safeway,” Char said. “The combined allocation to Hawai‘i this week tops 120,000 doses. We want those doses in the correct arms as quickly as possible and believe the neighbor islands are situated to get that done.”

The DOH will coordinate the designation of who is eligible in each county and continue to determine vaccine eligibility on O‘ahu. To date, vaccines on O‘ahu are reserved for those in phase 1a and 1b of the state’s vaccination program as well as those age 60 and older, those being treated with oxygen for severe respiratory conditions, those on dialysis, chemotherapy or other infusion therapy, as well as essential workers at hotels, restaurants and bars.

ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW AD

Vaccine eligibility on O‘ahu will expand Monday, April 5 to include essential workers in construction, banking and finance, communications, media, retail, information technology, clergy, and transportation and logistics.

ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW AD

Eligibility decisions are based on current and projected vaccination numbers, appointment availability and most importantly the amount of vaccine allocated and available.

Registration opportunities are available through links posted on hawaiicovid19.com and from healthcare providers around the state.

E-Mail Newsletters Receive daily or weekly updates via e-mail. Subscribe Now
News Alerts Breaking news alerts on your mobile device. Get the App

Comments

This comments section is a public community forum for the purpose of free expression. Although Maui Now encourages respectful communication only, some content may be considered offensive. Please view at your own discretion. View Comments (6)