As vaccines become more widely available, the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) has suggested moving towards the second allocation phase for the COVID-19 vaccine.
This means that the following Phase 1b essential workers will be given initial priority at this time:
- First responders, including police officers, firefighters, etc.
- Corrections officers
- Emergency services dispatchers
- Critical transportation infrastructure workers (harbor and dock workers, public transportation, etc.)
- Critical utilities (energy, water, etc.)
- Teachers, childcare and educational support staff (childcare, early education, K-12, post-secondary)
- Those essential for federal, state, and local government operations
- U.S. Postal Service employees
The following lists describe the population groups of each allocation phase:
- Health care personnel: Includes paid and unpaid personnel serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials (5% of population)
- Long-term care facility residents: Adults who reside in facilities that provide a range of services, including medical and personal care, to persons who are unable to to live independently (1% of population)
- Adults 75 years of age and older (9% of population)
- Frontline essential workers: Includes first responders, and frontline essential workers, defined as workers whose duties must be performed on-site and require being in close proximity (<6 feet) to the public or coworkers, and are essential to the functioning of society (11% of population)
- Adults aged 65-74 years (10% of population)
- Persons ages 16-64 years with high-risk medical conditions: Individuals of all authorized vaccine eligible ages with underlying conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19 (30% of population)
- Essential workers not recommended for vaccination in Phase 1b: Essential workers that were not included in Phase 1b (7% of population)
- All persons aged 16 years or older not previously recommended for vaccination: All other persons residing in Hawaii aged 16 years or older not already recommended for vaccination in Phases 1a, 1b, or 1c (27% of population)
This plan provides stakeholders from the whole community with the operational information needed to prepare their organizations to support the HDOH COVID-19 Vaccination Program. The HDOH COVID-19 Vaccination Core Planning Team recommends that stakeholders develop/update standard operating procedures (SOPs), as well as supporting plans and procedures, and continue outreach efforts throughout Hawaii to prepare the public for the COVID-19 Vaccination Program as vaccines become more widely available.