The state received a total of 65,250 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines in 2020, down from the 81,825 doses it expected to get. The rest of the vaccine doses will arrive on a delayed schedule sometime after Jan. 1.
According to the state’s vaccination plan, an estimated 46,000 people in Hawaii will be offered the vaccine in the first phase, including hospital and nursing home workers, first responders and others who work in settings that put them at a higher risk for coming into contact with bodily fluids or aerosols.
The next group will include people of all ages with health conditions that make them more vulnerable to severe bouts of COVID-19, followed by thousands of elderly Hawaii residents who live in communal settings.
It will likely be at least six months before Hawaii has a sufficient supply to offer vaccines to 70% of the state’s 1.4 million population — the benchmark that officials intend to reach.