Vaccinations for a Healthy Hawaiʻi
Hawai‘i’s Vaccine inventory
Shipments of the vaccine will continue to arrive as appropriate storage capacity becomes available. To maximize access, a broad vaccine administration network is in place. As of mid February, over 261,000 doses of the vaccine were administered to essential healthcare professionals and kūpuna.
VACCINE DISTRIBUTION INFORMATION
Residents ages 75+
Which Tier Am I?
Distribution is tiered based on risk, ranging from “very high risk” to “lower risk (caution).”
6% of Hawaiʻi’s total population
• Healthcare personnel.
• Long-term care facility residents.
20% of Hawaiʻi’s total population
• Adults 75 years of age and older.
• Frontline essential workers.
▫ First responders.
▫ Corrections officers and staff.
▫ Emergency services dispatchers.
▫ Essential federal, state and local government employees.
▫ Critical transportation infrastructure workers (harbor, dock workers, public transportation, etc.).
▫ Critical utilities workers (energy, water, etc.).
▫ Teachers, childcare and educational staff (preschool, K-12, post-secondary, etc.)
▫ US Postal Service employees.
▫ Grocery store workers.
47% of Hawaiʻi’s total population
• Adults ages 65 to 74 years with high-risk medical conditions.
• Essential workers not covered in phase 1B.
27% of Hawaiʻi’s total population
• Persons 16 years or older not covered during previous phases.
Path to a Vaccinated Community
The turnaround time following the arrival of vaccines to providers will continue to improve as shipments continue. Every Hawaiʻi resident 16 years or older will have access to the vaccine as soon as early next summer. The timeline predicted for the next stages is as follows:
Now through Spring 2021
Summer of 2021
Further studies are needed to create a vaccine for children younger than 16-years-old.
Contribute to a healthy Hawaii
• Protect friends and loved ones.
• Move toward the reopening of Hawaiʻi’s businesses and economy.
• Contribute to herd immunity, helping those who don’t have the same timeline of access.
• Help to lessen the strain seen on healthcare facilities over the past year.
Your Questions, Answered
How many doses of the vaccine are needed?
Most of the vaccines approved for use require two shots for full efficacy. If you receive the first, you’ll be automatically eligible and alerted in the weeks that follow to receive the booster.
Will there be enough vaccines for everyone?
Yes. While the supply is currently limited, millions of vaccines are being made, and everyone in Hawaiʻi will have the opportunity to get vaccinated.
How does the vaccine work?
There are a few ways to gain immunity from a virus, but vaccines allow your body to train your immune system and build antibodies without having to get sick. Both COVID-19 vaccines currently available are highly efficacious when the initial and booster are taken.
Can the vaccine give you COVID-19?
No. The vaccine does not use a live virus but rather messenger RNA. Unlike most vaccines that inject the weakened virus, mRNA sends instructions for protein building into your body that trigger an immune response.
How much will the vaccine cost me?
As COVID-19 is a public health emergency, the vaccine is free and covered by U.S taxpayer dollars. Providers can charge an administrative fee that is reimbursable through public or private insurance. For those uninsured, the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund will cover the reimbursement.
What are the side effects?
The side effects that have been studied are common with most vaccinations, such as tenderness at the injection site or fatigue that could last a couple of days.
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