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First COVID Vaccines Arrive in Hawaii
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SAFE AND EFFECTIVE COVID-19 VACCINE ARRIVING IN HAWAI‘I

News Release from Office of the Governor, Dec 14, 2020

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige announced today Hawaiʻi’s first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines arrived at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu this morning. This initial delivery of 975 does of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine marks an important milestone in the ongoing effort to combat COVID-19 and return life to normal.

Delivery of the remaining 3,900 doses of Hawaiʻi’s prepositioning order is expected Wednesday, December 16.

Almost 45,000 additional doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are expected to arrive in Hawaiʻi this month. Pending approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as many as 36,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are expected by the end of the year.

Health care workers at high risk of exposure to COVID-19 and residents of long-term care facilities will be the first to receive the vaccine.

“It is gratifying to be able to offer the vaccine to health care workers who have sacrificed so much to protect all of us,” said Gov. David Ige. “The vaccine provides another important layer of protection to safeguard our kūpuna and others in long-term care facilities.”

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was approved after a rigorous review by the FDA. The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup conducted a thorough and independent review of the federal process and unanimously concluded the vaccine is safe and effective.

“The vaccine is a major tool in combating COVID-19, and it is critical we continue to use all the tools at our disposal,” said Department of Health Director Libby Char. “We still do not know whether a person who has been vaccinated can carry the virus and infect others. We do not know how long the vaccine will confer immunity. Until these questions are answered, we must continue to protect ourselves and the people we love by wearing face masks and physical distancing,” Char added.

Gov. Ige and Dr. Char expressed their gratitude to health care providers around the state for the critical role they play in vaccinating essential health care workers and others.

Additional information about COVID-19 vaccines can be found at hawaiicovid19.com.

Related: 

Long-term care staff and residents to get Moderna vaccine

Hawaii DOH and city hold vaccination distribution exercise

Dr. Janikowski expects to get a shot by Friday as part of 13 initial doses anticipated for the Lanai clinic

Hawaii Island hospitals expect to receive first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine next week

Tripler Army Medical Center getting first Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday

Vaccinations to start possibly as soon as Tuesday, Wednesday at Queen’s

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