Kauai News

Vaccination Rate Among Salaried HIDOE Employees Hits 89%

Posted September 9, 2021, 6:40 AM HST

The Hawai‘i State Department of Education (HIDOE) reports 89% of its salaried employees are fully or partially vaccinated against COVID-19.

HIDOE reports 931 of 1,109, or 84%, of employees at the Kapa‘a-Kaua’i-Waimea Complex Area are vaccinated.

The vaccination rate is as of Aug. 31. The HIDOE imposed a requirement beginning Aug. 30 that all employees be tested once a week for COVID-19 to comply with Gov. David Ige’s Aug. 5 emergency proclamation.

If an employee certifies and provides proof of vaccination, the employee is not subject to the weekly testing requirement.

“Keeping our schools safe and open for in-person learning takes effort from all of us,” Interim Superintendent Keith Hayashi said. “Increasing vaccination rates within our communities continues to be one of the best ways we can protect ourselves and those around us from COVID-19. I’m proud that our employees are doing their part to contribute to the health and safety of our students and school communities.”

Districtwide, the vaccination rate represents 19,559 out of 21,980 active salaried employees at schools and offices throughout the state. HIDOE state offices have a combined vaccination rate of 95%.