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Vaccine required for hospital visitors

Maui Memorial Medical Center on Monday began requiring hospital visitors to be fully vaccinated before entering the facility as COVID-19 cases increase across the county and the state.

Exceptions to the new policy are for pediatric and obstetric patients as well as for Americans with Disabilities Act or end-of-life situations.

“This is an important reminder that COVID-19 and its variants remain a part of our world, as reflected in the recent surge in cases,” Maui Health said in a news release Monday. “The most important precaution everyone can do is for all eligible individuals to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect yourself, your family and friends, and neighbors.”

Maui Memorial has been seeing more COVID-positive patients, with 15 hospitalized with the virus as of Thursday, including two in the Intensive Care Unit.

The hospital continues to offer a vaccine clinic in its main lobby from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays.

Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information on the new policy, visit mauihealth.org. For more information on the vaccine clinic, visit mauihealth.org/covidvaccine.

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