Hawaii developing coronavirus vaccine passports to make travel easier: report

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Hawaii is reportedly developing a program that could allow anyone who is fully vaccinated to visit the island state without quarantining. 

People who have received their full dose of a coronavirus vaccine will be given an electronic code — a vaccine passport –, which allows them to travel between islands, according to Hawaii News Now. 

This vaccine passport is expected to roll out to essential workers who are fully vaccinated first, Lt. Gov. Josh Green told the station. That could be as early as March 1.

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“General Hara will be able to flip the switch and open that up and make that our policy as soon as we have some of the infrastructure in place,” Green told Hawaii News Now

Hawaiian officials are reportedly developing a plan to offer vaccine passports to make travel to and around the islands easier for people who are fully vaccinated. (iStock)

He added that the state is hopeful that vaccinated Hawaiians from the general population will be able to join the program and travel to different islands by April 1. 

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Fully vaccinated travelers coming from the mainland could get their vaccine passports by May 1, Green told Hawaii News Now.

“This is the way we restore our economy very quickly,” Green said. “We would likely see a huge uptick in visitors by say, the fall this way.”

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Some travelers to Hawaii are already allowed to skip the state’s 10-day quarantine because of a new partnership between the state and technology platform CLEAR.

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Travelers who get a negative test within 72 hours of their trip and register their results on CLEAR’s Health Pass will be allowed to travel to Hawaii without quarantining. 

However, the six-week pilot program is only available to people flying from Los Angeles to Honolulu on United or Delta airlines.

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