The first COVID-19 vaccinations were administered in Maui County today, with the first doses going to frontline healthcare professionals at Maui Memorial Medical Center this morning.
"This was a momentous event in Maui County history. Vaccines are an important step forward in protecting our community from COVID-19," Mayor Michael Victorino said. "Although the vaccine will not be widely available to the general public until next year, first priority has been given to our frontline heroes -- healthcare professionals, first responders and our vulnerable kupuna. I look forward to getting the vaccine. However, limited supplies should be prioritized for those most at risk. We are on the right path to restoring the health of our community and rebuilding our economy."
Later today, Maui County police officers, firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians received vaccines during a clinic at UH Maui College.
The vaccine is being provided in phases, based on supply. The first vaccine doses are being administered to those in high-priority groups. As more supply becomes available, the vaccine will be provided to other priority groups and then to the general public next year. The vaccine is voluntary. Eventually, all adults who want to be vaccinated will be able to do so.