Hawaii Could Get COVID-19 Vaccine As Early As December 1 First responders and health care workers will get access to the vaccine first, followed by the elderly and people with chronic health conditions.

As the first COVID-19 vaccine inches closer to federal approval, Hawaii health officials continue to make preparations for shipments expected to arrive as early as next month.

If the federal government approves a vaccine for emergency use, Hawaii could start vaccinating some groups before the end of the year.

“Depending upon how long it takes the FDA to issue their authorization, a vaccine could potentially be available in weeks,” Department of Health Spokeswoman Janice Okubo said in an email to Civil Beat.

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