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Real vaccination rate for Hawaii population

What is the real vaccination rate for the population of the State of Hawaii?

Here are the statistics: With a total state population of approximately 1,416,360 people as of Sept. 19, 1,078,968 have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot, or 76 percent of the population.

Using the same date, 807,186 have received two COVID-19 vaccine shots, or 57 percent of the population.

Using the same date, 72,137 people are reported to have had a COVID-19 infection.

The National Institute of Health reports that those who have had a COVID-19 infection have developed immunity equal to or greater than the immunity conferred by the COVID-19 vaccine itself.

A later and larger study from Israel confirms the NIH study.

If we add the 72,137 with COVID-19 immunity to the foregoing vaccination totals, we get the following percentages of the population with COVID immunity: those with one shot are now 81.2 percent of the state population and those with two shots are now 62 percent of the population.

There is one more factor to consider in completing the picture. Consider how the above percentages are affected if we delete 210,828 in the population who are 12 and under, and not allowed to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The one-shot vaccinated plus those with immunity go from 81.2 percent to 95.5 percent and the two-shot vaccinated plus those with COVID-19 immunity go to 80 percent.

The conclusion: Most of the state’s population over 12 years of age have COVID-19 immunity.

David Welsh

Kahului

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