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Kahele Joins State Leaders and Health Experts for Public Vaccine Forum Following Biden’s Vaccination ‘National Month of Action’ Announcement

June 3, 2021

HONOLULU, HI -- Congressman Kaialiʻi Kahele (HI-02) joined state leaders and health experts Lt. Gov. Josh Green, Bay Clinic CEO Dr. Christian Alameda and Hawaiʻi District Health Office Representative Jason Dela Cruz to encourage vaccination efforts throughout the community. The group participated in a public vaccine forum yesterday, immediately following President Biden’s announcement of his ‘National Month of Action’ to get 70% of US adults at least 1 shot by July 4. 

 

“As a father and a husband, it is important to me to keep my family safe, and that is the key reason why I decided early on to get vaccinated,” said Congressman Kahele, “We can protect  our loved ones, our keiki and especially our most vulnerable including our kupuna and those who may be immunocompromised by getting vaccinated. Still, choosing to receive the vaccine is a personal decision to make. I encourage everyone to consult their health care provider in order to help them make the best decision for themselves, their families and community.”

 

Over 50% of Americans are now vaccinated and since January 20, 2021, COVID-19 cases are down 90%. According to the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency, as of June 1, 58% percent of Hawaiʻi’s population have initiated vaccination. 

 

The President’s plan lays out clear solutions to make it easier to get vaccinated and provide local communities and working families equitable access to vaccines by announcing:

  • Free drop-in child care at more than 500 YMCAs in every state for parents and individuals getting vaccinated

  • Extending pharmacy hours to offer more flexible appointments for vaccinations at CVS (locally Longs Drugs) and Walgreens

  • Free transportation through Uber and Lyft to and from vaccination sites

 

Following President Biden’s announcement, Congressman Kahele discussed these efforts and his own in coordination with state, local and community leaders to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations, specifically in rural communities throughout the Hawaiian Islands. He emphasized the importance of getting vaccinated in order to protect Hawaiʻi’s most vulnerable populations and family members, which you can watch by clicking here or the image below.

 

In March, Congressman Kahele led a major grassroots effort to provide vaccinations for the Miloliʻi community in partnership with and support from the Hui Malama Ola Nā Ōiwi, Dr. Kimo Alameda, CEO of Bay Clinic, Hawaiʻi District Health Office and Hawaiʻi County Mayor’s Office. More than 140 people were vaccinated.

 

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