With new COVID mandates on the way, more line up to get vaccinated

In advance of widening vaccine or test mandates on indoor businesses going into effect, some Hawaii residents are choosing to get vaccinated to work.
Published: Sep. 11, 2021 at 5:21 PM HST|Updated: Sep. 12, 2021 at 12:22 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In advance of widening vaccine-or-test requirements going into effect, more residents are choosing to get vaccinated.

Honolulu City Councilmember Radiant Cordero hosted a COVID vaccine and testing clinic at Farrington High School on Saturday, and said about 30 people were there to get their first dose.

Cordero said there were roughly 200 people there Friday to get a jab.

Criselda Dela Cruz, of Honolulu, works at a restaurant and came to the clinic to get vaccinated.

“It’s mandatory for us employees to get the vaccine,” said Dela Cruz. “So it’s like I’m forcing myself to do it.”

Luis Timtimin, of Kalihi, was also there for work.

“Because I wanted to get my CDL I guess and the personnel requires it,” said Timtimin.

Some 64.9% of the state’s population is fully vaccinated, the state Health Department says. As of Friday, the number of eligible residents who remain unvaccinated was just over 175,000.

Dela Cruz and Timtimin said they weren’t planning on getting the vaccine at all if additional restrictions weren’t put into place.

“I’ve been here for so long and then I never did get [the] flu shot,” said Dela Cruz.

Add TimTimin, “I’m just scared of needles, that’s it.”

Cordero believes vaccine mandates are driving more people to get vaccinated.

“There are more opportunities to either show their card and enter a business or continuing their business as usual,” said Cordero. “So we do see the increase in vaccinations because of that.”

State Rep. Sonny Ganaden agreed.

“With the new county and state rules, there’s a lot of folks that work in the service industry, that work in transportation,” he said.

“So it’s really important that they get their shots, and they get tested, so that they can keep their jobs.”

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