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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:

Phase 1a:

  • 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)

Phase 1b:

  • 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)

Phase 1c:

  • 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)

Phase 2:

  • 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. 


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