Eleni Avendaño is a public health reporter who covers health disparities and the COVID-19 pandemic in the islands.
Her coverage is funded in part by a grant from Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project.
Previously, she covered health, tourism, nonprofits and the University of Hawaii for Pacific Business News in Honolulu.
Her work has been recognized several times by the the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter, which awarded her for excellence in news and feature writing.
A graduate of American University and the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Eleni has written articles and captured photos for publications including the Associated Press and Honolulu Magazine.
Eleni, who is also a published video journalist and documentarian, was born and raised in Honolulu and graduated from Roosevelt High School.
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Despite the setback, state health officials say appointments are still widely available at retail pharmacies.
Honolulu continues to widen COVID-19 vaccine eligibility.
Hospitals made do with existing space and invested in some new equipment, but the pandemic exposed a heavy reliance on out-of-state traveling nurses.
Honolulu is the only county in Hawaii that has yet to widen its COVID-19 vaccine eligibility pool to everyone 16 and older.
The circumstances of her resignation are still unclear.
More vaccines are on their way, but so are visitors.
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