Hawaii gets 11,000 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine, with more expected this week

Vaccines have been received on the islands of Hawaii, Molokai, Maui and Kauai.
Vaccines have been received on the islands of Hawaii, Molokai, Maui and Kauai.(HNN)
Published: Dec. 28, 2020 at 2:35 PM HST|Updated: Dec. 28, 2020 at 2:42 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - More than 14,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have administered to Hawaii residents so far — mostly to healthcare and frontline workers — as the state prepares for more shipments of the vaccine this week.

On Monday, the state got 10,900 doses of the Moderna vaccine — the second shipment of the vaccine to the state so far. Of the new doses, 5,200 are for Oahu and 5,700 for the Neighbor Islands.

The state is also expecting about 12,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Hawaii is currently on track to receive just more than 61,000 doses of the vaccine by the end of the year, or about 24% fewer doses than the 82,000 that were originally expected.

Those doses are still expected to make it to Hawaii eventually, but Health Department officials say their arrival has been delayed.

The distribution of doses across the state is continuing to widen; Adventist Health Castle started immunizing staff members last week, delivering about 555 doses within the first 48 hours.

Hospital officials say they plan to administer shots to the public using a drive-through system when the vaccine is more widely made available.

And first responders on Maui were inoculated over the weekend, when Hawaii National Guard members helped the Maui District Health Office administer the vaccine at UH Maui.

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