Hilo resident among first #HIGotVaccinated prize giveaway winners

  • Elaine Nishiura

A Big Island woman was among the first two winners of the state’s #HIGotVaccinated prize giveaway to incentivize residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine shot.

Hilo resident Elaine Nishiura on Wednesday won 100,000 Hawaiian Airlines miles, while Honolulu resident Mark Matsuo scored two round-trip tickets from Alaska Airlines.

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“I really appreciate it and was very excited to have won, especially since my husband and I just celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary,” Nishiura said. “We always fly with Hawaiian and will enjoy using the miles for future travel. Also, I would like to tell everyone to get vaccinated so we can get to a more safe and normal lifestyle.”

Hawaii residents 18 and older who get vaccinated by June 30 can enter to win at www.HIGotVaccinated.com.

The Department of Health also reported Wednesday that more than 210,170 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered on the Big Island. That’s an increase of 1,273 from Monday.

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The number of fully vaccinated Big Islanders is up by 674 from Monday to 93,831 — or 47% of the island’s population. Another 116,342 have received their first shot.

To date, including state and federal resources, 1,621,282 shots have been administered across Hawaii, according to the Department of Health. That equates to about 61% of the state’s population having received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 55%, or more than 785,700 people, having completed the inoculation process.

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