Hawaii hits 1M vaccinations

  • Dr. Libby Char

More than 1 million Hawaii residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Wednesday.

According to state Department of Health statistics, 1,001,441 completed vaccine regimens have been administered throughout the state, accounting for 70.4% of the statewide population.

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By comparison, an estimated 420,645 people in the state have not been completely vaccinated. Of those, roughly 119,000 have only received a single shot of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, and another estimated 207,482 are children aged 11 and younger and are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine.

“It’s great to see so many people in Hawaii follow the science. We are thrilled that over a million people are fully vaccinated. That leaves an estimated 420,000 people who are not yet fully vaccinated. We are still averaging about 120 new COVID-19 cases every day,” said state Health Director Elizabeth Char in a statement. “Getting that second shot is critical. Those who do not get it are at greater risk of severe illness,” Char said.

The remaining 94,051 people in the state have not initiated any vaccine regimen at all.

On the Big Island, 66% of the total population — about 131,000 people — have been fully vaccinated. An additional 24,000 people on the island have received a single Moderna or Pfizer dose.

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Kauai’s vaccination rate is the same as Hawaii Island’s, with 66% of the population there vaccinated as well. On Maui, only 63% are fully vaccinated, while on Oahu, 73% of the population has completed a vaccine regimen.

On Wednesday, there were 139 new COVID-19 cases statewide, with 32 reported on the Big Island.

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