The an infection charge amongst Hawaii’s unvaccinated individuals is now as excessive because it was in your complete state through the top of the pandemic
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – From hospitals to pop-up clinics and pharmacies across the state, getting a COVID vaccine is easier than ever. But despite exceptional access, 40% of Hawaii’s residents remain unvaccinated – and the virus is spreading rapidly among them.
“We could do the calculation and it would tell us that right now we have the same level of infection in our unvaccinated population that we had in our general population before the vaccines were available,” said Hilton Raethel, CEO of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii.
70 patients across the country were hospitalized on Tuesday.
That’s about a quarter of what it was at the height of the pandemic last year.
Health officials say one of the reasons fewer people end up in the hospital is because the people who contract the virus are younger and healthier overall.
However, as the delta variant is rapidly spreading across the community, the capacity of the Hawaiian healthcare system remains an issue.
“The Delta variant is about 225% more transferable,” said Raethel.
“There are hospitals on the mainland that are already overburdened. They have problems with a lack of staff, with a lack of ventilators. We don’t want to get into this situation in Hawaii. “
Concerns about the spread of COVID are sparking a new debate among local leaders and doctors about whether the COVID vaccine should be necessary for those who work in certain professions.
“I think we have to commit some of these things and you are seeing this trend across the country,” said Dr. Julius Pham, an anesthetist.
Lt. Gov. Josh Green says he would prefer to attract people with good science.
“If about 20% of the population are very reluctant or philosophical about vaccination against vaccination, you are likely to create more conflict than compliance by going the mandate path,” said Green.
So far this week, around 15,000 doses of the vaccine have been given across the country.
A total of 59.3% of the total Hawaiian population are fully vaccinated and 65.7% have at least one dose.
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