Kokua Line: Does the state government know what percentage of its workforce is vaccinated against COVID-19?
Question: Does the state government even know how many of its employees are vaccinated?
Reply: No, according to the governor’s office. You are referring to the June 13 column of Kokua Line (808ne.ws/KL613), which asked the governor and mayor’s offices of Honolulu what percentage of state and county employees are vaccinated against COVID -19. A spokesman for Mayor Rick Blangiardi said at least 62% of Honolulu County’s workforce was fully vaccinated by then, while the governor’s office could not provide a response at the time. We followed up and spokeswoman Cindy McMillan responded on Monday, saying the state government is not tracking employee vaccination status against COVID-19. Here is his full answer:
“Since the FDA approved the COVID-19 vaccines earlier this year, Governor Ige has strongly encouraged all residents of Hawaii to receive the vaccine. As an incentive, he granted up to two hours of administrative leave (paid leave) to government employees for each shot. This policy still remains in effect even though vaccines are now available to all people 12 years of age and older.
However, the workplace is not asked when people get vaccinated against COVID-19. In addition, state employees – like everyone else who has been vaccinated – can get vaccinated in the city. one of hundreds of locations from one of multiple providers. At this time, we are not tracking the number of government employees who have been vaccinated, but instead focus on the broader community goal of achieve collective immunity as soon as possible. “
Hawaii has one of the toughest COVID-19 rules in the country, and Gov. David Ige has said not all of them will be lifted until 70% of the state’s population is fully vaccinated against the disease. As of Monday, 57% of the total population was fully vaccinated, according to state methodology.
Q: When will they reopen the Liliha public library? It has been closed for years, long before the pandemic.
A: Today, with a limit of 40 library users allowed in the building at a time, due to COVID-19 protocols, according to a press release from the Hawaii State Library System.
“The community is invited to come browse and borrow quickly, use the free Wi-Fi or public computers, and see the newly renovated space. The library plans to hold a celebration for the community at a later date, when it is safer to hold large gatherings, ”the press release said.
The library at 1515 Liliha St. has been closed since late 2018 for major repairs to the 55-year-old building, including ground stabilization and repairing structural issues; resurfacing of the rooftop parking lot; repair skylights and install new light fixtures; repairing plumbing and sewer lines; improving air conditioning; the renovation of toilets for ADA accessibility and the renovation of staff work areas. Other renovations include installing new flooring, shelving, signage and furniture; paint the interior; and the planting of new landscaping. In addition, a special room is dedicated to the Chinese language collection of the library.
The opening hours of the library will be: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 am to 4 pm; Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
On a quest to order a lei from Watanabe Floral Inc. for a graduation ceremony in San Bruno, CA, I got lost and ended up in the parking lot of a facility near the Honolulu airport. Luckily I saw a gentleman, who was about to leave, and asked him if I was any close to Watanabe Floral Inc. He said I was “far” and tried to give me some directions. But seeing my puzzled look, he said, “Just follow me” and took me straight to the parking lot of the floral business. I tried to motion for him to stop so I could thank him, but he just waved and left. Thanks to this wonderful person, who demonstrated the true aloha spirit, an 18 year old was able to receive a beautiful orchid and ti leaf necklace upon graduation. May God bless this man and allow him to be the recipient of an equally kind deed someday.
– From a very grateful senior aunt
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