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Booster shot needed to be fully vaccinated on Maui

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Maui County is changing its definition of what it means to be fully vaccinated.

Mayor Michael Victorino signed a revised emergency rule that will define fully vaccinated as having received a booster shot, as well as a previous vaccination regimen from Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson and Johnson.

The change will take effect on Jan. 8.

That means if someone wants to dine at a restaurant or go to the gym, they must prove they’ve had a booster shot if it has been more than six months since receiving a second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two months after getting a one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

“Vaccination cards show the dates of the last dose, and the date of an individual’s booster shot,” Victorino said in a statement. “Remember, patrons can still dine outdoors without having a vaccination card, or they can get take-out."

They can also show proof of a negative COVID test within 48 hours.

Victorino said the rule change is in response to data that show protection from vaccines wanes over time.

Information on vaccine and testing sites can be found at hawaiicovid19.com.

Scott Kim was a news editor at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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