HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced the Hawaii Paroling Authority (HPA) will require eligible inmates to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before being released on parole starting Tuesday, Sept. 2.
DPS officials said their Health Care Division staff will administer the vaccines to unvaccinated inmates that choose to get the shot.
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Vaccine exemptions may be granted for the following reasons, according to the DPS:
- Due to a medical condition that contraindicates administration of the COVID-19 vaccine
- Due to religious belief, practice or observance
The HPA will review exemption requests on a case-by-case basis and — if it is granted — the parolee will be required to present weekly negative COVID-19 test results after being released into the community.
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