Nearly 90% of state employees are vaccinated

Nearly 90% of Hawaii’s executive branch employees were vaccinated for COVID-19 as of the start of last week, the state Department of Human Resources Development on Friday announced.

Some 88.8% of the state’s executive branch employees were vaccinated for COVID-19 as of Sept. 13, according to the department. Another 2.6% were partially vaccinated and 8.6% not vaccinated.

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The Department of Public Safety continues to have the lowest rate of vaccination with 79.4% of employees vaccinated as of Sept. 13, followed by the Department of Transprotation at 84.9% and Department of Human Services at 87.8%.

The Department of Human Resources Development reported the highest rate of vaccination at 100%.

“The State of Hawaii has continued its upward trend, increasing the executive branch’s fully vaccinated rate by more than 3% in the last month. Additionally, more employees have chosen to initiate vaccinations, moving us towards a more fully vaccinated and safer population,” said DHRD Director Ryker Wada. “I remain optimistic that the state will continue to increase its vaccination rate in the coming months.”

The state also announced that figures released in August regarding vaccination rates were incorrection. As of Aug. 16, ·5.6 % of the state’s executive branch employees were vaccinated for COVID-19, not 87.6% as previously reported. Another 5.1% were partially vaccinated (previously reported at 4.9%) and 9.3% were not vaccinated (previously reported at 7.6%).

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The rates do not include the University of Hawaii and the Department of Education.

To date, three executive branch employees have been discharged due to noncompliance with the vaccination/testing requirements.

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