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Boosters not added to Safe Travels requirements

Posted on Feb 25, 2022 in Capitol Connection, Featured, Main
For now, there are no changes to the Safe Travels Hawai‘i program.

For now, there are no changes to the Safe Travels Hawai‘i program.

The Safe Travels Hawai‘i program remains unchanged for now, and booster shots are not required for “up-to-date” vaccination status for anyone traveling to Hawai‘i, Governor Ige has announced. All four county mayors, the state Department of Health (DOH) and visitor industry leaders coordinated closely in making this decision, which took into account declining COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations, as well as Hawaiʻi’s robust vaccination rate.

DOH director Dr. Libby Char added, “While booster shots are not required for the Safe Travels program right now, they continue to be very effective in preventing severe illness from COVID-19.” She noted that even though Omicron case counts are dropping, we don’t know if or when we may see another surge in COVID-19 cases. The DOH is currently working on criteria and conditions that would allow the state to safely end the Safe Travels program. If conditions require the continuation of Safe Travels, federal funding will be available to support the program. For more information, go to

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