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Hawaii marks a new milestone for the nation’s most heavily immunized state, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which on Friday became the first state to vaccinate 90% of its residents aged 12 and older for the coronavirus.

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According to the CDC, 1,089,984 Hawaii residents over the age of 11 — or 90% of the state’s eligible population — had taken at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot as of Friday, up from the national rate of 76.3%. statistics.

Hawaii has vaccinated nearly all senior citizens and 95% of people 50 to 64, while 76% of children 12 years of age and older have been either partially or fully vaccinated. state-published data.

State public servants required Either get vaccinated or get regular Kovid-19 tests done, Honolulu restaurants and certain other public establishments have a vaccine-or-test rule for employees and visitors, and Maui County Some occupations require a mentor show proof of vaccination.

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Seven other states have over 12 vaccination rates greater than 85%: Massachusetts (89.2%), Vermont (88.6%), Connecticut (88.4%), Rhode Island (86.9%), New Mexico (85.8%), New Jersey ( 85.3%) and Pennsylvania (85.3%). At the other end of the spectrum, West Virginia (55.7%), Wyoming (58%) and Mississippi (59.8%) have vaccinated fewer eligible residents than any other state, and Idaho has the nation’s fourth-lowest adult vaccinations. Percentage (the state does not provide vaccine data on residents aged 12 to 17 years).

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In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hawaii implemented one of the country’s strictest travel policies. The state immediately ordered everyone entering the island chain self-quarantine for two weeks In March 2020, although the authorities allowed passengers with negative coronavirus test leave quarantine Beginning last fall, and they Exempted Vaccination Domestic Travelers In July. As a result, visits to a tourism-dependent state fall in 2020, thereby laying off thousands of holiday and hospitality workers lose your job, but the state’s coronavirus infection rate generally remained Down National average Last year.

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114.5 per 100,000 inhabitants. How many new coronavirus cases did Hawaii record last week, the country’s third-lowest infection rate, according to CDC.

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Despite Hawaii’s High Vaccination Rate, Covid-19 Infections jump again reached an all-time high in early September, before falling sharply in July and last month. Some hospitals suffered because of the boom Capacity crunches David Ige (D) to urge tourists and other non-essential visitors to avoid Hawaii in August: “It’s not a good time to visit the islands,” says Ige. told reporters. air officer blamed this trend on the more contagious delta version of the coronavirus, which pushed up cases in all 50 states over the summer, and that most hospitalization And deaths were illiterate people. visiting the islands increased Before the Covid-19 surge, but two months ago, Ige said Only 10% and 12% of new infections were linked to travel, and most were returning Hawaii residents rather than visitors.

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