Kokua Line: Vaccinated travellers not exempt from Hawaii’s pre-journey screening program

Kokua Line: Vaccinated travellers not exempt from Hawaii’s pre-journey screening program

Question: I’m a overall health care worker who has been given the next dose of COVID-19 vaccine. I have my accomplished COVID-19 Vaccination Document Card. Does that exempt me from any of the journey prerequisites, both interisland and domestically?

Answer: No. “At this time, proof of vaccination is not a recognized exemption to the Hawaii vacation quarantine. The state carries on to consider the most current science and will tell tourists of any new exemptions as those choices are manufactured. Vacationers may perhaps go to hawaiicovid19.com/journey for up to date details and information about vacation quarantine exemptions,” Janice Okubo, a spokeswoman for the point out Office of Overall health, stated in an email Wednesday.

As far more and much more folks are vaccinated in Hawaii and elsewhere, this is turning into a frequent dilemma to Kokua Line, with a lot of readers urging Hawaii to quickly incorporate an exemption for totally vaccinated travellers.

Having said that, general public health officers really don’t but know whether or not someone can unfold COVID-19 even following they have been completely vaccinated, NPR explained in a tale posted Tuesday (808ne.ws/nprsty).

To be very clear, the story claimed there is no possibility of acquiring the virus from the vaccine itself, but there is a tiny chance that a vaccinated man or woman could be mildly infected by an individual else and not clearly show any indications. Scientists are researching the possibility of transmission in that circumstance. “The details to respond to the dilemma of no matter if vaccinated men and women can continue to distribute the virus are just now becoming collected,” it mentioned.

The Centers for Disorder Management and Prevention emphasize that folks ought to proceed to don confront masks and observe social distancing even after remaining vaccinated, at the very least for now. By that logic, it would seem to be untimely to lift a pre-vacation testing necessity for folks who have been vaccinated, though the CDC does not handle just that issue in its FAQs at cdc.gov (click on on the box titled “COVID-19 Vaccines”).

Below is the CDC’s reaction to a further frequent dilemma:

Q: Do I even now need to have to dress in a mask and stay clear of close make contact with outside the house of my bubble if I have gained the total vaccine (two doses)?

A: “Yes. Although specialists learn far more about the safety that COVID-19 vaccines provide under actual-daily life problems, it will be crucial for all people to keep on making use of all the applications out there to us to assistance quit this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing fingers frequently, and remaining at least 6 feet away from others. Jointly, COVID-19 vaccination and adhering to CDC’s recommendations for how to protect on your own and some others will present the very best defense from having and spreading COVID-19. Authorities have to have to recognize additional about the security that COVID-19 vaccines present just before deciding to modify recommendations on actions all people should take to gradual the distribute of the virus that causes COVID-19. Other things, such as how quite a few men and women get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also have an impact on this conclusion.”

A reminder for tourists: Hawaii involves arriving passengers to quarantine for 10 days unless of course they get there with an suitable, destructive COVID-19 examination consequence from an accredited “Trusted Tests and Journey Partner.” See the listing of partners at hawaiicovid19.com/vacation-associates/. It includes suppliers in Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, the continental United States, Canada and Japan.


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