Hawaii announces COVID vaccine passport program for inter-island travel

Hawaii will from next month allow residents who’ve been fully inoculated against COVID-19 to bypass the state’s pre-travel tests and quarantine for inter-island flights.

Why it matters: Hawaii is the second U.S. state to launch a “vaccination verification” scheme after New York, AP notes. Many businesses view such “vaccine passports” as key to returning to normal, but some Republican governors have taken steps to block them.

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Of note: The American Civil Liberties Union has said if vaccine passports are

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Hawaii to ease restrictions for vaccinated travelers, starting with inter-island visitors

The vaccine exception to the state’s “Safe Travels” program will go into effect for visitors from the continental United States later in the summer; a date has not yet been announced. International travel will follow eventually. Officials in Hawaii announced the plan at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

“I have every expectation we will be able to extend this policy to mainland travel sooner rather than later, but we need to first implement it here,” Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green said in an interview. Green, a physician, has been working on the plan for months. He

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July 4 realistic timeframe for reopening inter-island travel, possible vaccine passport in Hawaii

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Governor David Ige answered media questions on Monday regarding several topics.

He said the state was on track to open up vaccines to 16 and older possibly by next week.

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“I spoke to Dr. Libby Char this morning, and she believes in a few days, maybe a week, we will be able to complete all those in priority 1C, which would move us to all adults 16 and older,” he said.

He said the state was looking into piloting a possible safe travels vaccine passport.

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Hawaii considering vaccine passports for inter-island travel

HONOLULU— Officials in Hawaii are looking into vaccine passports, especially for inter-island travel.

Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green said the state hopes to work with a local company to create an app that would verify that a traveler has been vaccinated, KHON-TV reported Tuesday.

Green also said that while the app is being developed people could simply show their vaccination cards to travel without current testing restrictions.

“You would have a company that would do spot checking and certainly, you can check the card itself and make sure that it looks legitimate,” said Green.

Green said he is not

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