Booster shots now required in Maui County to be considered fully vaccinated

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Published: Jan. 24, 2022 at 7:36 AM HST|Updated: Jan. 24, 2022 at 7:37 AM HST
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WAILUKU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Under new rules that take effect on Monday, booster shots will now be required in Maui County to be considered fully vaccinated.

“This takes effect for everyone throughout the county of Maui,” said Mayor Mike Victorino. “Those who are required to show vaccination cards like restaurants, gyms, other areas where the mask-wearing becomes limited.”

He added, “If you go to a supermarket, very seldom people walking without a mask or most retail stores and other businesses.”

The owner of SixtyTwo Marcket in Wailuku said Monday was slower than usual.

“I don’t want to only serve people that have been vaccinated. I want to serve everybody,” said SixtyTwo Marcket Executive Chef and owner Marc McDowell. “But the Maui County laws are the Maui County laws and we’re going to follow them.”

There is an exception for people who do not qualify for boosters yet.

County employees will also need to get the extra shots, or show proof of a negative COVID test.

It’s the first county to revise the definition of “fully vaccinated” to include a booster dose.

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