HONOLULU (KHON2) – Hawaii is getting closer to herd immunity each day, but convincing residents who have not yet applied for a vaccination is said to be Lt. Gov. Josh Green an uphill battle.
The officials do not know exactly how long it will take.
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70% is the magic number that will really reopen Hawaii, allowing residents to travel freely, remove face masks and live again as it was before COVID.
How hard can it be? More than 52% are already fully vaccinated.
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According to Green, Hawaii will get there at some point, but it won’t be easy.
“Well, 60% will be very easy, we’re almost there. 70% will be a challenge, ”said Green. “And it’s going to take some effort this June and probably part of July to get there.”
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He said he couldn’t be sure when Hawaii would achieve herd immunity.
The current population of Hawaii is over 1.4 million and everyone counts, even children, who cannot get the injection.
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“There are 216,000 people in our state, ages zero to eleven. The governor decided to count them because immunity is immunity, ”said Green. “That means we have to get there with only 1.2 million people eligible for the vaccine.”
According to the Ministry of Health, 741,051 residents of Hawaii were fully vaccinated on Friday June 4th. Green said Hawaii takes more than 980,000 to hit the mark.
This means that at least 240,000 more people need to be admitted.
Just like every person matters, said Dr. Department of Health Director Libby Char, every dose given to a Hawaiian resident counts too.
“That includes our dosages given in the jurisdiction. Plus the doses given through the federal programs, through the federal pharmacy programs, through some of our federal partners like the DOD and VA, ”Char explained.
Even Hawaii residents who have been vaccinated outside of the state can be counted, according to Green, but they must contact the DOH to verify their information.
Green has this message for anyone who is still on the fence or is afraid to get vaccinated because they think it is unsafe:
“I wouldn’t have my 14-year-old daughter vaccinated if I didn’t think it was safe,” said Green. “Everyone knows this is the only person I would never harm. So people should get vaccinated, they should. You should turn away from the conspiracy theories and realize that we are all in it. “
Fully vaccinated Hawaiian residents can enroll at higotvaccinated.com and register for discounts at local businesses and the chance to win some very cool prizes. The campaign started on June 4th. According to the DOH, more than 65,700 people had already registered by Friday afternoon.
Prices range from round-trip tickets to Las Vegas and Alaska to free Zippy’s for a year. The ongoing deals and discounts include free goods and discounts at a number of local stores including Watanabe Floral, Ruby Tuesday’s, Il Gelato, HoloHolo Grill, and many more.