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Maui County delays including booster shot in definition of 'fully vaccinated'

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Maui County is delaying enforcement of a new rule that defines “fully vaccinated” as having received a booster shot.

The revised rule was to go into effect Saturday. It is postponed until Jan. 24.

That means if someone wants to dine at a restaurant or go to the gym, they must prove they’ve had a booster shot.

Mayor Michael Victorino said the rule change is being delayed to allow more time for those aged 12 and 17 to receive their boosters.

New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expands eligibility of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to that age range.

Victorino said Maui has recently seen an uptick in demand for booster shots. Statewide, about 384,000 people have received their third shot.

The state reported 3,586 new COVID-19 cases on Friday statewide, and 4,789 new cases on Thursday. Maui County had 337 new cases and a test positivity rate of 20.1% on Friday.

The county is 68% fully vaccinated. Of those aged 5 and older, 72% are fully vaccinated.

Hawaiʻi COVID-19 Dashboard on Jan. 7, 2022
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Hawaiʻi COVID-19 Dashboard on Jan. 7, 2022

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