VIDEO: Gov. David Ige announces draft COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for Hawaii – Honolulu Star-Advertiser

> > The 2nd priority group will include K-12 teachers and school staff along with essential employees, individuals in homeless shelters or group houses with physical and mental disabilities. > > The 3rd top priority group includes kids, from newborns to those who are 22 years old. > > The 4th priority group includes all Hawaii citizens who do not fall into the previous 3 classifications.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Gov. David Ige, Lt. Gov. Josh Green and state Department of Health Immunization Branch Chief Ron Balajadia today announced the states tentative plan to disperse the coronavirus vaccine once it ends up being offered.
Due to expected preliminary minimal vaccine supplies, Ige said the vaccine will be distributed to individuals who fall within four concern groups.
>> > > The very first group consists of health care employees and first responders who are at high-risk of COVID-19 exposure, Hawaii locals of any ages with underlying health conditions including those ages 65 and older who live in congregate settings.
>> > > The second concern group will include K-12 instructors and school personnel in addition to important workers, people in homeless shelters or group houses with mental and physical disabilities. People and employees in jails, prisons, detention centers, and all grownups over the age of 65 and older.
>> > > The 3rd top priority group includes kids, from newborns to those who are 22 years old. The group also consists of employees in occupations and industries ruled out vital however may face an increased risk of direct exposure.
>> > > The 4th concern group consists of all Hawaii citizens who do not fall under the previous 3 categories.
The Federal Food and Drug Administration has actually suggested that the earliest a vaccine would be readily available is by years end. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today authorized the very first drug to deal with COVID-19: remdesivir, an antiviral medicine offered through an IV for clients requiring hospitalization.
The states plan, which still requires to be vetted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is meant to decrease the spread of COVID-19 in the state. Green said vaccinations for the state may can be found in the form of 2 shots taken four weeks apart.
“The objective long-lasting is to reduce the danger of people catching it,” stated Green, including that the vaccinations will be free.
Green encouraged individuals to continue to use masks to prevent capturing COVID-19 as he did.
Balajadia stated the state estimates spending $25 million to store and disperse the vaccination through mobile and drive-thru centers.
“We will not be putting out a vaccine that is not safe, ineffective and vetted through suitable channels,” Balajadia said.
The approved plan will ultimately be posted on the Department of Healths website.
Hawaii Department of Health today reported 3 brand-new coronavirus-related deaths on Oahu and 102 new infections statewide today, bringing the overalls since the start of the pandemic to 206 deaths and 14,335 cases.
The U.S. coronavirus death toll is over 222,000 today.
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