All state and county workers in Hawaii will need to provide proof of vaccination by Aug. 16 or be subject to weekly testing at their own cost ― and could be fired if they don’t comply ― under tough new vaccine requirements announced Thursday by Gov. David Ige.
The rules, which would cover tens of thousands of government employees, represent the most dramatic effort yet to get more shots in arms and drive down a surge in COVID infections statewide. In addition to all state and county departments, the University of Hawaii is covered by the protocols.
“The number of cases and hospitalizations are all trending up dramatically,” said Gov. David Ige, in a news conference Thursday. “The highly contagious delta variant creates a big risk of infection.”
He added that those who don’t follow the order “could be subject to termination.”