One of the states most distant from Hawaii is demonstrating what Hawaii visitors should expect in a to-be-announced change. This could allow vaccinated visitors to come to Hawaii without further testing. Massachusetts says it will no longer require those who have been fully vaccinated to quarantine or provide negative test results before arriving, provided they have completed the vaccination process at least 14 days before travel.
In the same vein, Pfizer said today, in what they termed an “extremely important” result, their vaccine blocked 94% of asymptomatic infections in an Israeli study. This news is critical to Hawaii’s plans since Governor Ige has listed asymptomatic transmission as one of his chief concerns needing to be addressed before announcing Hawaii vaccination passport travel. JAMA reported that 59% of COVID transmission is associated with these people.
Israel’s Health Ministry Director said this “Gives us hope of regaining normal economic and social function in the not so distant future.”
Pfizer is evaluating the situation with the South African COVID variant, which they acknowledged is the most concerning.
Today’s news comes on the heels of CDC’s announcement last week that vaccinated people are free to gather together. They did not add travel guidance. We had been told was imminent and should still be forthcoming soon.
In Massachusetts’ highly relevant example, those completely vaccinated with either two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or who have had a single dose of the Janssen (J&J) vaccine, at least 14 days prior, who do not have symptoms, will no longer need to obtain a negative test before traveling to, or quarantine upon arrival in the state. The announcement did not indicate whether they will be using a travel passport such as CLEAR or whether just paper documentation will be accepted.
We are awaiting word from Hawaii officials on today’s news.
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