Fewer than 2% of the state’s COVID-19 cases are so-called breakthrough cases among people who have already been vaccinated. Five people who were vaccinated against coronavirus were both infected and hospitalized.
No one who was vaccinated and caught the virus has died of COVID-19 in Hawaii.
“Getting your shot really is the best protection,” said acting state epidemiologist Sarah Kemble, who shared the data Wednesday along with Health Department Director Libby Char.
Kemble noted that most pediatric COVID-19 cases in Hawaii occur because children get infected in their households and said that having unvaccinated adults in a household can put children at risk.
Currently there are striking geographic disparities in vaccinations due to a variety of factors, including limited access to the vaccines that the state is trying to address. Surveys have found there also an estimated 9% to 12% of Hawaii residents who don’t plan to get vaccinated at all.
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