Mayor Michael Victorino is strongly urging Maui County residents to get booster shots against COVID-19 and its variants as soon as possible. First course vaccinations (two Pfizer and Moderna shots or one Johnson & Johnson shot) lose strength in protecting against the virus after about six months.
“With the highly contagious Omicron variant sweeping through all 50 states, it is vitally important that everyone take responsibility for their health and safety and get the booster shot as soon as possible,” Mayor Victorino said. “People who are immunized with the first course of vaccinations are getting sick from this very highly contagious COVID-19 variant. Even though Omicron appears milder in its severity, it still makes people sick and puts further stress on our hardworking healthcare professionals and frontline first responders.”
Mayor Victorino encourages safe and healthy options for gatherings with loved ones during the holidays.
“I want everyone to have a healthy, safe and festive Christmas and happy New Year. I ask our residents to consider smaller outdoor gatherings with family and friends. If celebrations are held indoors, please take care to have ample ventilation, physical distancing and masking up. Also, please avoid large gatherings, stay home if not feeling well and wash hands frequently. These simple precautions can keep our holidays full of cheer and safe for everyone.”
Residents should get tested if they’ve traveled recently or believe they might have been exposed to COVID-19. Check with a local pharmacy on the availability or at-home test kits or visit www.mauinuistrong.info for a test site or a vaccination clinic nearby.
For elders or others who are homebound and want a vaccination or booster shot at home, call the Hawaii Department of Health at (808) 586-8332 or (833) 711-0645 to schedule an appointment.