FILE - A driver places a swab into a vial at a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in the parking lot of the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa., Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. A requirement to get vaccinated against COVID-19 kicks in Thursday, Jan. 27, for millions of health care workers in about half the states. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Wendy Nishihara, RN, administers the first dose of the COVID vaccine to Respiratory Therapy Supervisor Lynn Reinert in December 2020 at Kona Community Hospital. Health care workers in about half the states, including Hawaii, face a Thursday deadline to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine under a Biden administration mandate that will be rolled out across the rest of the country in the coming weeks.
(Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)