The Conversation: National and Local Perspectives on Hawaii's COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Dec 30, 2020

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services on vaccine rollout; Dr. Kozak of The Body Show talks COVID vaccine; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Marketing campaign to battle vaccine skeptics; Update on COVID at Hawaii's prisons; The Long View with Neal Milner: Lessons learned from a long bike journey

U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services on vaccine rollout

It's been a little more than two weeks since the first COVID-19 vaccine went into the arm of a Hawaii resident - a frontline healthcare worker. That's the first group to receive the vaccines, but you might be wondering when it's going to be your turn. That depends. Each state has come up with its own distribution plan, coordinating with federal groups from the Centers for Disease Control to the Department of Health and Human Services. Eric Hargan is the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He oversees vaccine distribution plans of the Department's 9th Region, which includes Hawaii. He spoke with The Conversation's Harrison Patino about the latest on t he national vaccination program.

Dr. Kathy Kozak's take on the COVID vaccine distribution

What's the view from the frontlines as vaccines are rolled out at hospitals and healthcare institutions? Dr. Kathy Kozak is a physician with Hawaii Pacific Health and she shares her perspective on the local vaccine distribution. She has received the first shot of the coronavirus vaccine and tells us what she's heard from her colleagues. Dr. Kozak is the host of The Body Show, which airs Mondays at 6:30 p.m. on HPR-1.

Reality Check with Civil Beat: Marketing campaign to combat vaccine skeptics

A marketing campaign is underway in Hawaii to encourage residents to roll up a sleeve for the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. The public health ad blitz launched by the state Department of Health will also aim to allay the concerns of those who say they are hesitant to get vaccinated. Civil Beat reporter Brittany Lyte tells us how the DOH campaign will help the state reach its goal of achieving herd immunity. Click here to read the story at


Update on COVID at Hawaii's prisons

One in every five prisoners in the U.S. has had COVID-19. That rate is even higher here in Hawaii, according to a recent report by the Marshall Project and the Associated Press. HPR Reporter Kuuwehi Hiraishi joins us to look at how the pandemic has impacted Hawaii's incarcerated population.

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The Long View with Neal Milner: Lessons learned from a long bike ride

2020 has of course been a challenging year. A time of loss for many, a journey of sorts for all of us. HPR Contributing Editor and our political commentator joins us for the last time this year with a story of a different kind of journey not related to politics. Click here to read "What Happens When Two Strangers Trust the Rides of Their Lives to the Magic of the Universe" from Bicycling magazine.

Click here to listen to this week's Manu Minute featuring the Cattle Egret.