Hawaii Governor David Ige reiterated his plans to maintain current travel restrictions related to COVID-19 until the state is expected to reach a 70% vaccination rate by September.
According to Hawaii News Now, statistics from the state Department of Health show that 68.6 percent of the population ages 12 and older are fully vaccinated, but Ige’s 70 percent vaccination benchmark is for the general population.
Only an estimated 58.6% of all Hawaiian residents were fully vaccinated by mid-July.
“We believe the 70 percent target is good for us,” Ige told the Honolulu Star Advertiser. “We’re making good progress. Those who are not vaccinated are the most vulnerable and those who cannot be vaccinated are our children. “
Despite a recent spike in coronavirus infections, Hawaii has been easing COVID-19 restrictions in recent months by expanding its “vaccine passport” program to all domestic travelers and increasing the number of people admitted to social gatherings.
With the mask mandate still in place, Hawaii is the only state with restrictions that have not been lifted for vaccinated travelers and locals.
“Once we move forward, I don’t want to be able to step back,” Ige told Hawaii News Now. “I undertake to maintain the mask mandate for the time being.”
On Monday, Hawaii tourism officials announced that domestic travelers with a SMART Health Card can bypass quarantine requirements by using the CommonPass app to digitally check their vaccine status.
Last week, CLEAR announced the expansion of its Health Pass technology to include COVID-19 test screening and vaccine verification for all travelers to Hawaii as part of the state’s Safe Travels program.
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