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State: Nearly 90 percent of employees now vaccinated

The Maui News

Nearly 90 percent of state employees are now vaccinated against COVID-19 in the wake of mandates requiring workers to get the shot or be subject to regular testing.

As of Sept. 13, 88.8 percent of the state’s executive branch employees had been vaccinated, while 2.6 percent were partially vaccinated and 8.6 percent were not vaccinated, according to the state Department of Human Resources Development.

The departments with the highest fully vaccinated rates include Human Resources Development, with 100 percent; Business, Economic Development and Tourism, 95.4 percent; and Labor and Industrial Relations, 95 percent.

Departments with the lowest fully vaccinated rates include Public Safety at 79.4 percent, Transportation at 84.9 percent and Human Services at 87.8 percent.

“The State of Hawai’i has continued its upward trend, increasing the executive branch’s fully vaccinated rate by more than 3 percent in the last month,” Human Resources Development Director Ryker Wada said in a news release Friday. “Additionally, more employees have chosen to initiate vaccinations, moving us towards a more fully vaccinated and safer population. I remain optimistic that the state will continue to increase its vaccination rate in the coming months.”

The department also said it found an error in the formula used to compute Aug. 16 data. The corrected numbers show that as of Aug. 16:

• 85.6 percent of the state’s executive branch employees were vaccinated (previously reported at 87.6 percent).

• 5.1 percent were partially vaccinated (previously reported at 4.9 percent).

• 9.3 percent were not vaccinated (previously reported at 7.6 percent).

More than 300 employees have joined the executive branch since Aug. 16 and are not included in this data.

Three executive branch employees have been discharged due to noncompliance with the vaccination and testing requirements, the department said.

Vaccination rates do not include the University of Hawaii and state Department of Education.