109,000 vaccines for kupuna by end of February, according to state


HONOLULU (KHON2) — Hawaii is currently in Phase 1B of its vaccine distribution plan, making residents who are 75 years old or older, along with certain essential workers now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Governor Ige held a news conference Tuesday afternoon to detail the current progression of vaccine distribution and what can be expected in the months to come.

In a previous news conference, the governor detailed intentions to make the COVID-19 vaccine widely available to most Hawaii residents by summer of 2021.

Lieutenant Governor Green says that will all depend on the rate at which vaccines arrive in the state. Hawaii currently expects to receive about 19,000 second dose vaccines with an additional 14,300 doses by the end of the week.

An estimated 109,000 eligible kupuna and essential workers are expected to be vaccinated by the end of Phase 1B.

“We are constrained by the number of vaccines that are allocated to the state of Hawaii,” acknowledged Gov. Ige.

State officials say they are working quickly to get as many community members vaccinated as possible, but until the COVID-19 vaccine has been widely distributed, Gov. Ige urges people to continue being safe.

“I’m asking everyone to continue to take the precautions until widespread vaccines are available. That means washing your hands, keeping distance and always wearing a mask,” said Ige.

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