The number of people who can gather in large groups is wholly dependent on controlling the spread of COVID-19. The key to this is vaccination, which is proving effective with little-to-no side effects in the fully vaccinated community. Why does the public resist taking the shots – media reports spun out of control, a lack of understanding of how deadly COVID-19 is, routine conspiracy theories, or the standard idea that “I’m rarely ill, the shot does nothing for me”?
COVID-19 vaccination isn’t just about the person getting the shots. It’s about all the people that haven’t been vaccinated with whom a person comes into contact. “Strength in numbers” isn’t merely a euphemism, it’s a fact; “herd immunity” is based on scientific fact.
To illustrate our “time-to-concerts”, Hawai`i Events Coalition will begin tracking our vaccinations – in number of fully vaccinated individuals as reported by Hawai`i’s Department of Health – against Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s goal of 1 million fully vaccinated individuals, and the state’s Department of Health tracking number and goal of 70%-85% of residents being fully vaccinated…both set the benchmark at roughly 2 million shots. Each Outer Island has its own metrics as well, but we’ll use one statewide metric because we are one statewide industry.
We’re not moving away from our core objective to obtain relief for businesses and individuals currently in dire straits. We’re supporting an industry-wide objective to educate Hawai`i residents who sorely miss their big social gatherings…vaccines truly will lead back to the gathering lifestyle we love. Our VAX4LIVE tracker will be a measure of our readiness as a state to get bigger live events flowing as soon as possible. Look for the tracker at our website, https://hawaiieventscoalition.com/, on the front page.
It’s up to each of us to urge non-vaccinated friends, co-workers and family members to get back to business as soon as possible.
To read more about VAX4LIVE visit https://www.vax4live.org/ . Get the benefits from CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html