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State Judiciary requires vaccinations for workers, contractors

The Maui News

Beginning Monday, all Hawaii state Judiciary employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing, the Judiciary announced Wednesday afternoon.

The following week, on Oct. 4, employees who are not yet vaccinated, declined to disclose their vaccination status on the Judiciary’s vaccination questionnaire or did not respond to the vaccination questionnaire will be required to take weekly COVID-19 tests and submit negative test results before entering the workplace.

Those who have received their first dose and have their second dose scheduled, or who received their final dose less than two weeks ago, do not need to undergo testing so long as they timely obtain their second dose, according to a news release.

Currently, about 85 percent of the Judiciary’s 1,749 employees statewide are fully or partially vaccinated.

“We have been strongly encouraging vaccinations since February and are gratified to see that the vast majority of our employees have decided to get them,” said Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald. “The Judiciary leadership team recognizes that a fully vaccinated workforce is vital for the health and safety of one another and those we serve.”

The Judiciary is also requiring contractors and Judiciary volunteers be vaccinated or test weekly beginning Oct. 4.

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