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LIST: Here’s a look at some of the employers in Hawaii now requiring vaccines

The Queen's Health System held a vaccine clinic at McKinley High School Saturday from 10 a.m. -...
The Queen's Health System held a vaccine clinic at McKinley High School Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.(Hawaii News Now)
Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 4:40 PM HST|Updated: Aug. 17, 2021 at 6:10 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Amid a surge in COVID cases in the US, a growing number of employers nationally and locally are instituting COVID vaccine requirements for workers.

Last week Thursday, Gov. Ige announced that all state and county workers would need to be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing at their own expense. For more details on the rules, click here.

Here’s a look at other employers that have instituted vaccine requirements:

Federal civilian workers

President Biden has announced that federal civilian workers and on-site federal contractors, will need to get vaccinated, if they aren’t already, or face tough testing and masking requirements.

The order applies to at least 21,000 federal civilian workers in Hawaii.

Previously, the VA announced that it was instituting a vaccine mandate for its healthcare workers. Some 80% of the VA Pacific Health Care System’s 1,600 employees are already vaccinated, officials said.

Major hospital and health care networks

Four of Hawaii’s largest health care facilities are all instituting vaccine requirements.

The rules will be in place at:

  • Hawaii Pacific Health, including Kapiolani and Straub medical centers
  • The Queen’s Health Systems, including the Queen’s Medical Center
  • Adventist Health Castle
  • Kaiser Permanente, including its Moanalua Medical Center
  • HMSA

For more details on the rules, click here.

Large Hawaii banks

Three Hawaii banks ― Bank of Hawaii, First Hawaiian Bank and Territorial Savings Bank ― have announced they’ll require their employees to get vaccinated or undergo weekly testing.

The requirement takes effect Sept. 30.

Hawaii State Federal Credit Union employees also need to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 1.

Other employers

Hawaiian Airlines announced to employees Monday all US-based employees will be required to get vaccinated by Nov. 1. A plan is in the works for international employees.

Hawaiian Electric said starting in September, it will require that employees — with some exceptions — provide proof that they have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine or undergo weekly tests before they are allowed to enter the worksite. The company added that employees must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 31 to be exempt from the weekly testing requirement.

Several private schools

Several private schools have announced vaccine requirements, but they differ widely.

Parker School in Waimea is requiring employees and eligible students to get vaccinated by Oct. 1.

For more on private schools, click here.

This story will be updated.

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