HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Health officials insist it is now an “unvaccinated pandemic” after most of the reported cases have been in unvaccinated people.
However, a small number of people who have been vaccinated still contract COVID-19. According to Hawaii’s Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, about 3% of recent cases have involved people who have been vaccinated.
Hawaii saw 100 new cases on Tuesday with 70 people hospitalized statewide. It was the sixth day in a row that Hawaii’s daily earnings were in triple digits.
Health officials have said the vaccine does not make a person immune, but it can reduce the impacts of the virus.
Green added that the numbers are likely to remain high for the foreseeable future, as the full vaccination rate sits just below 60%.
“We won’t have a peak as bad as last year after July 4, but there are still several hundred thousand people who do not have immunity, which is why you are seeing some cases,” Green said.
Green also made it clear that he believes the state’s indoor mask mandate is a good thing and will help protect unvaccinated people in the future.
“I think if you have to have a mask warrant to keep that thing down, that’s fine, that’s fine.” But for people who have gone the extra mile to get vaccinated, it’s clear they’re safer, ”Green said. “I think people should definitely wear masks, especially if they’re not vaccinated indoors. “
“People can choose in their lives whether or not they want to be vaccinated, but they will be safer, and they will be safer for their children and their parents if they get the vaccine,” Green added.
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