Original article published in Hawaii News Now
Earlier this month, state officials in Hawaii released a list of clinics at Hawaii high schools as part of a push to vaccinate teens. The initiative kicked off at Waipahu High School, with a mobile clinic sponsored by Hawaii Pacific Health (HPH). In addition to HPH, other providers who have partnered with the state include the Queen’s Health Systems, Kaiser Permanente, Adventist Health Castle and Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center. These efforts come as education officials scramble to prepare for a full reopening of schools in the fall and coronavirus spreads among young people. Hawaii high schools spent the entire academic year in full or partial distance learning — in large part because social distancing wasn’t feasible on many high school campuses. The state Department of Education says there are 32,000 Hawaii students 16 and over who are eligible for Pfizer’s vaccine. With the new approval for students 12 and over, Hawaii's plan is now able to include middle schools in their vaccine efforts. The DOE says some 20,000 staff and service providers — including 11,000 teachers and more than 1,000 customers like bus drivers, custodians, health aides and office staff — received vaccinations since January.
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