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Governor, first lady receive COVID-19 vaccines

Gov. David Ige (left) receives the COVID-19 vaccine from Toni Floerke, a registered nurse from Project Vision Hawai‘i, on Monday in Honolulu. The governor, first lady, cabinet and staff all got the Moderna vaccine. Photos courtesy Office of the Governor

The Maui News

Gov. David Ige and First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige received their first COVID-19 vaccinations at Washington Place, the governor’s residence in Honolulu, on Monday afternoon.

The governor had delayed his vaccination because of the shortage of vaccines arriving in Hawaii, according to a news release from Ige’s office.

“I felt there was an urgent need to get nursing home residents, our kupuna 75 years and older, health care professionals, teachers and other essential workers vaccinated first,” Ige said. “I urge Hawaii residents to get vaccinated when it’s your turn, and to continue wearing your mask, physically distancing and washing your hands often.”

About 65 cabinet and staff members also received the Moderna vaccine on Monday. All are scheduled for their second dose in late March.

First Lady Dawn Imano-Ige (left) is vaccinated by registered nurse Toni Floerke on Monday.

The state Department of Health and its community partners administered the vaccinations, which are covered by federal CARES Act funds, the news release said.

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