Query: What can we do if we’re absolutely vaccinated in Hawaii, wish to journey interisland, however would not have a smartphone or different web entry? How can we get the vaccine exemption? We are able to’t be the one ones on this predicament. We’ve our vaccine playing cards.
Reply: Kokua Line heard from dozens of different readers with related considerations after the state launched a quarantine exemption for interisland vacationers absolutely vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 in Hawaii (808ne.ws/511kline). All vacationers should make an account on the Secure Travels digital platform (travel.hawaii.gov/#/), however you will get assist doing so on the airport if that’s actually your solely possibility. Officers emphasize that’s not most popular, nevertheless.
Right here’s extra from retired Maj. Jeff Hickman, a spokesman for Hawaii’s Division of Protection:
“The intercounty vaccination journey program is managed by the counties, save the Metropolis and County of Honolulu (which doesn’t require 10-day quarantine for interisland arrivals). Intercounty vacationers who obtained vaccination in Hawaii and have accomplished their 14 days after their final dose do have to carry a tough copy of their vaccine card with them.
“County screeners on the airport may help add vaccine paperwork; nevertheless, we extremely encourage intercounty vacationers to add earlier than they arrive to assist expedite the screening course of and scale back the time spent on the airport after arrival.
“We advocate people who would not have entry to a pc, or a cellphone, or different cell machine ask a pal or member of the family for help in organising a Secure Travels account. Web entry can also be accessible freed from cost at numerous state libraries. Another choice for vacationers is to contact 1-800-GOHAWAII or the ETS Secure Travels assist desk at 1-855-599-0888.”
Q: Why does the vaccine exemption solely apply interisland? Why can’t Hawaii residents who meet all the necessities (i.e. absolutely vaccinated in Hawaii) use this exemption to journey dwelling from Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, and so forth?
Q: If residents who’re absolutely vaccinated from a Hawaii supplier can journey interisland with out going via the costly and inconvenient COVID-19 testing guidelines utilizing the Hawaii-approved web site to add their vaccination outcomes, why can’t those self same people use that web site to journey again from visiting household on the mainland? I’ve a tough time reasoning out why that will be excluded.
A: “Proof of vaccination acceptance as a journey doc is modern and distinctive to Hawaii. Out of an abundance of warning, we’re rolling this out in phases with the primary section being intercounty vacationers who obtained vaccination in Hawaii. This enables well being officers and policymakers to guage impacts of the phases. Journey quarantine exemptions for Hawaii vaccinated trans-Pacific journey is the following section. The pre-travel testing program and important infrastructure employee exemption stay as choices for trans-Pacific journey,” stated Hickman.
The individuals who did what Gov. Ige requested them to do and bought vaccinated as quickly as doable are being held hostage by individuals who refuse to get vaccinated! And now the governor is letting that occur! Auwe! The vaccine is definitely accessible now and people who find themselves compliant ought to be rewarded and allowed to stay their lives. Adults who refuse to get vaccinated ought to face the results of their very own selections. As soon as they notice that they’re those in danger, possibly they are going to get vaccinated! — Pissed off reader
(Kokua Line has obtained quite a few calls from readers upset that Gov. David Ige has saved Hawaii’s face masks mandate in power, regardless of the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention saying that absolutely vaccinated individuals don’t have to put on face masks in lots of settings. Ige stated at a information convention Thursday that he needs many extra Hawaii residents vaccinated earlier than lifting the statewide restriction, and that it’s unimaginable to inform who’s vaccinated and who’s not. However readers who complained to Kokua Line stated Ige’s rationale offers unvaccinated adults no incentive to get the shot, strikes the goalposts on when to ease Hawaii’s COVID-19 restrictions, and deprives compliant residents of the sense of normalcy current in lots of different U.S. states. We shared these complaints with the governor’s workplace, and requested how different readers may attain out straight. Spokeswoman Jodi Leong stated individuals could remark via the Constituent Providers division, at governor.hawaii.gov/contact-us/contact-the-governor/.)
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