By KELSEY WALLING Hawaii Tribune-Herald | Friday, March 19, 2021, 12:05 a.m.
“After a slow start, Hawaii is one of the leading states in COVID-19 vaccinations.
“Hawaii as of Thursday had the eighth-highest rate of administered doses per 100,000 people, according to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.
“About 40,450 people per 100,000 have received at least one vaccine dose. That’s a total of 572,716 people, according to the CDC.
“This isn’t a race, we’re not in a competition, but it’s great to see that we’re doing alright numbers-wise,” said Brooks Baehr, spokesman for the state Department of Health. “We want to continue to work hard, so we can get better at this every day.”
“Statewide, Hawaii has become more efficient at deploying vaccines, and each county is working to distribute the doses to vulnerable populations and essential workers under the state’s plan.
“Hawaii County has 14% of state’s population that is 16-years-old and older, and to date has received 14% of the vaccine doses allocated statewide. As of Thursday, 63,721 doses have been administered, which comes to 20.9% of the county’s total population receiving at least one dose, according to the DOH.
“On the Big Island, travel and living in rural areas can be an issue for people needing to get the vaccine,” Baehr said. “So, to see that Hawaii County is up at almost 21% is fantastic.”
“Each day, more and more people are getting vaccinated. The numbers are changing rapidly, so the data are not always up to date…”