Nearly 39,000 Hawaii residents have received a COVID-19 vaccine, and that number could soon rise dramatically with the opening of large-scale vaccination centers on Oahu.
Lt. Gov. Josh Green told Spotlight Hawaii this morning that the state is working with Hawaii Pacific Health and the Queen’s Medical Center to open two vaccination sites in the next week or two, one at Pier 2 and the other at the Neil Blaisdell Center Concert Hall.
“You’re going to see a lot of changes coming in about seven days because we will be launching some of the more robust pods here in Honolulu. It’s going to be announced more formally on Friday but I can tell you we’ve reached agreements within principle to work with our great partners Hawaii Pacific Health and Queens,” Green said.
Green said residents will soon be able to make appointments online at hawaiicovid19.com. He said there will likely be some walk-in availability for those without access to technology, though officials hope people will be able to schedule appointments to avoid long lines or crowds that could spread the very disease they are working to eradicate.
Green said that he believes everyone in the state who wants a vaccine should be able to get vaccinated by May or June.
“Come Fourth of July, I expect us to be in a very good spot statewide. Some groups will be there a little sooner, some groups a little later but it won’t be all year, and that’s a big blessing because I know people need to get back out into their regular lives and the social interaction is the largest sacrifice that people have made.”
Green is continuing to call on Hawaii residents to avoid social gatherings for the next 10 days to help bring down the latest imcrease in cases, which officials said has been the result of holiday gatherings.
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