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Friday Update | 1.7.2022

The surge in omicron across Hawaii has caused a ripple effect throughout our economy with workers calling out sick. Not only is the surge affecting industries like restaurants, retail and tourism, but our front-line essential workers like hospital staff.

Now, with omicron numbers reaching new heights, we want to make sure our economy can continue to be steady and not have the shutdowns of businesses like we saw early on in the pandemic.

The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii is committed to the safety and health of our community, which is why we’ve launched our Boost 4Business initiative. With safe and effective vaccines available, as a means of protecting yourself, your colleagues, your community and our local businesses, we encourage everyone to get a COVID-19 vaccination with a booster, and continue to follow COVID safety protocols, particularly the wearing of masks and social distancing.

All Hawaii residents 18 and older should receive a booster dose if it has been:

  • At least two months since initial Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • Five months since completion of initial Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna series

Adolescents ages 12-17 should also receive a booster dose at least five months after completing their primary Pfizer vaccine series. 

The COVID-19 vaccines continue to work very well at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death. A booster shot is an extra dose that helps keep up protection.

Remember to bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card when you go for your booster shot. 

For more information and COVID-19 vaccine sites:
Mayor Reduces Capacity at Large Indoor Events

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi slashed capacity at large indoor events Wednesday amid an ongoing COVID surge while also once again stressing the need for personal responsibility and underscoring the importance of getting a booster shot.

“There’s no magic to this thing and it’s not all that complicated. Make good decisions. Get a booster,” Blangiardi said, in a morning news conference during which he also urged people not to get caught up in the “shock and awe” of skyrocketing COVID infections because Omicron is different than Delta.

The mayor and several health care leaders who joined him noted that Omicron produces milder symptoms for many, though it can still be very dangerous to those who are unvaccinated.
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Released: January 5, 2022


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