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Off the News: Hunting for vaccine information

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Achieving point-and-click simplicity is the object of making a website user-friendly, not point-and-click-and-hunt-and-scroll. There was progress made in guiding people wanting a vaccine appointment, but there’s still a way to go.

Suffice it to say the banner listing vaccine registration sites belongs at the top of the state’s portal, and clicking the button for the Oahu site should land on a page with that information only. As of Thursday, that wasn’t happening.


There is urgency to get Hawaii COVID-vaccinated, but the rollout has stirred many questions. The optimal link to access vaccination info and sign up (currently by appointment only for health-care, frontline and essential workers, those in long-term care facilites and seniors age 75 and up):

Other sign-up portals include Hawaii Pacific Health ( and Queen’s Health Systems (

Also, the state Health Department has a weekly online newsletter of COVID updates:

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