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Vaccinations for a Healthy Hawai‘i

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 May 8, about 40% of all residents have been fully vaccinated. On Monday, April 19, anyone 16 and over became eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. For the State of Hawaiʻi’s vaccine database, please click here.

Vaccine Distribution Information





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.

Further studies are needed to create a vaccine for children younger than 16-years-old.

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

Contribute to a healthy Hawai‘i

Do your part for the community by receiving your vaccination when it is your turn. By getting vaccinated you are:

• Protecting friends and loved ones.

• Allowing for the reopening of Hawaiʻi’s businesses and economy.

• Contributing to herd immunity, helping those who don’t have the same timeline of access.

• Helping 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.

Why do vaccine tiers and availability vary between islands?

The available vaccine supply given to each county, coupled with the area’s population, determines how quickly the community can progress throughout the various tiers. Some areas may receive more doses than they have eligible recipients, allowing them to advance through the tiers more quickly. Alternatively, those receiving fewer doses than needed for the eligible population may progress more slowly.

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