Coronavirus Updates

Nearly All State Senate Personnel Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Posted September 4, 2021, 9:00 AM HST ·Updated September 3, 12:35 PM

The Hawaiʻi State Senate reports nearly all of its personnel, which includes senators, employees, volunteers and interns, are fully vaccinated.

As of Sept. 1, officials reported 98.6% of the 140 senate personnel were inoculated. Senate personnel are required to be fully vaccinated. Members and/or staff with a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief are able to request reasonable accommodations in lieu of vaccinations, and if approved, will be subject to alternative safety and preventive measures such as weekly COVID-19 testing.

As of today, zero requests for medical or religious accommodations were received.

“I am extremely pleased with the Senate’s vaccination rates,” said Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi (District 8 – Kauaʻi and Niʻihau). “As elected officials and dedicated public servants, it is important for us to be the role models for our communities and do our part to stop the surge of COVID-19 across the State.”