Hawaii gets 12,000 doses of newly-approved Moderna vaccine

Hawaii gets 12,000 doses of newly-approved Moderna vaccine
Hawaii got its first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Monday. (Source: Hawaii Department of Health)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii has received its first shipment of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine, which will primarily go to first responders and elderly care home residents.

The state Health Department said Oahu got 6,000 doses, while Maui, Hawaii and Kauai counties each received 2,000 doses.

The shipments come as Hawaii is working to vaccinate frontline workers and the highest risk seniors in group living settings.

Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines must be kept in ultra-cold temperatures.

The US approved the Moderna vaccine for emergency use Friday.

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