More essential workers to be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

Coronavirus

HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Department of Health is expanding its COVID-19 vaccine eligibility pool to include more essential workers starting Monday, April 5.

The expansion is the latest effort from the DOH to vaccinate as many Hawaii residents as possible before the summer.

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Construction, banking and finance, communications, media, retail, information technology, clergy and transportation and logistics workers will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment on Monday.

The news comes after Hawaii and Kauai Counties announced they would be offering the vaccine to all County residents who are 16 and over.

Eligibility is based on current and projected vaccination numbers, appointment availability and the amount of vaccines available at participating health centers.

Lt. Governor Josh Green says he hopes the eligibility will expand even further.

Green says opening vaccine eligibility to younger age groups could help lower the average daily coronavirus case count.  

“I don’t know whether Director of Health Char will be ready to go down to, say, age 50 or all the way down. It’s really connected to how much vaccine we get. But if we continue to see empty appointments, we need to move those age categories more open,” said the Lt. governor.

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