COVID-19 Vaccinations: Truth, Compassion & Unity

This weekend, we remembered the horrific tragedy of 9/11 and reflected on the lessons learned. We have overcome some of the hardest crises through unity. This value of unity is desperately needed as we continue to work to slow the spread of COVID-19. Our communication holds our legacy and has the power to bring us together. Conversations around vaccination need to promote truth, compassion and unity.

Affirm Truth.

When talking about vaccinations, it is important to understand why we choose to get vaccinated. We created a flyer on the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine and will be sharing it in our next eblast! We recognize the importance of creating materials to engage others in productive conversations around the science behind vaccination, what to expect, and how to get vaccinated.

Affirm Compassion.

Listening is a way to exemplify compassion. The basic principles of motivational interviewing can help to have personalized conversations around COVID-19. Join us, this Wednesday, September 15 from 1 to 2 p.m. as experts explore the best practices to having conversations around COVID-19 vaccinations and misinformation. Learn with us

Affirm Unity. 

We can affirm unity by supporting programs that promote vaccinations:

  • Safe Access O‘ahu Program. Starting today, September 13, you will need to show proof of vaccination status or a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours to get into restaurants, bars, gyms and other venues on O‘ahu. 
  • Safer Outside Maui. Effective Wednesday, September 15, you will need to show proof of vaccination to dine indoors, gathering sizes will be limited to 5 indoors and 10 outdoors, and there will be a 50 percent max capacity limit for restaurants, bars, gyms, recreational boating, ground transport and commercial tours. 
  • SMART Health Card Program. The Hawai‘i SMART Health Card is a voluntary program for individuals to store and carry vaccination cards digitally. Fully vaccinated individuals who received vaccination in Hawai‘i can obtain a SMART Health Card to show establishments, such as restaurants, businesses and other venues, proof of their vaccination on their digital device without carrying a physical vaccine document. Sign-up through the Hawai‘i Safe Travels Digital Platform – this user guide provides step-by-step instructions to obtain a Hawai‘i SMART Health Card. 
  • President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan. President Biden announced that all employers with over a 100 employees must ensure their workers are vaccinated or produce a negative test result on at least a weekly basis before coming to work. The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to implement this requirement which may take several months. This requirement will impact over 80 million workers in private sector businesses. In addition, workers at health facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid will have to be vaccinated. This rule mandated by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will most likely go into effect mid-to-late October.
  • Vaccination Outreach for Hawai‘i Students. The Vaccination Outreach for Hawai‘i Students Project is offering mini-grants to empower students, adult allies, and community-based organizations in Hawai‘i to conduct activities that will increase access to COVID-19 vaccinations, information, and resources. Small teams and groups are encouraged to submit an application for innovative activities that serve students aged 12-18 years old and their families. Grants ranging from $100-$2,000 will be awarded for activities that will take place until November 29, 2021. Those interested in applying are invited to an informational session to learn more

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In a time where we are struggling to find common ground, unity can feel like an impossible goal. When faced with people that have differing beliefs from our own, it can be challenging to keep an open mind and heart. But this only serves to further divide our community. We must move past this “us” versus “them” mentality and unite against our common enemy – COVID-19. Let us speak the truth, listen with compassion and exemplify unity in moving forward.

Thank you for doing your part, 

The HIPHI team