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Hawaii administers over 35K COVID-19 vaccines statewide

January 9, 2021 GMT

HONOLULU (AP) — More than 35,000 coronavirus vaccinations have been administered in Hawaii as of Friday, health officials said.

The Hawaii Department of Health received 91,700 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 54,600 of the Pfizer-BioNTech brand and 37,100 of the Moderna brand, Hawaii News Now reported.

The department said thousands more doses are expected in the coming weeks. Officials said the department ordered 17,550 additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which are scheduled for delivery next week.

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Health care workers and older residents in long-term care homes in Hawaii have already been inoculated. The department said it could release information on how people 75 and older can get the vaccine as soon as next week. An exact date was not immediately known.

On Saturday, the Hawaii Department of Health reported 250 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and four deaths, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. The state has had more than 23,000 confirmed cases and more than 300 deaths since the pandemic began.

The state on Thursday recorded a new record high of 322 confirmed cases.

The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.