Coronavirus Updates

State Marks One Year Anniversary of First COVID Vaccinations

Posted December 15, 2021, 3:17 PM HST

It’s been one year since COVID-19 vaccinations began in Hawai‘i, and the state marked the anniversary by saying thank you to those who have made it possible to safely administer more than 2.4 million of the shots.

State Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char

The state Department of Health on Wednesday thanked residents, vaccination providers and everyone who has worked to make the vaccines accessible throughout the state.

“Hawai‘i has embraced the vaccines, but it is important for those who are not yet vaccinated to get their shots. And with the introduction of the omicron variant, it is very important for those who are eligible to get their booster shots as soon as possible,” said state Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char. “COVID-19 vaccines are truly lifesavers. And everything we learn about the omicron variant tells us the vaccines are just as important today as they were when we administered the first shot one year ago.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, 2,439,075 COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered in Hawai‘i. The DOH estimates 73.2% of the state’s population has received either two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

People at least 18 years old who completed their initial series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago should get a booster. Those who are 16 and older who completed their initial series of Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago also are eligible to get a booster.

Those who received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago should get a booster.

“Booster shots are readily available and strongly encouraged,” Char said. “It appears holiday gatherings, the omicron variant and loosened restrictions are fueling an increase in COVID cases. Vaccines, mask wearing and avoiding large gatherings will help us safely navigate the holiday season.”

Information about free testing and vaccines is available by clicking here.

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