COVID-19 booster vaccinations lag as virus negative impacts widen … – University of Hawaii

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More Hawaiʻi residents are contracting COVID-19, fewer are getting COVID-19 booster shots and the number of those impacted by long-COVID illnesses remain high, according to a new comprehensive report released on January 5 by researchers in the University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization (UHERO).
The report is based on survey responses from 1,627 Hawaiʻi residents over the age of 18 in fall 2022. In partnership with the Pacific Alliance Against COVID-19, this was the second survey developed to inform the design and execution of public health programs in Hawaiʻi for COVID-19 and other disasters while addressing systemic health disparities. Researchers have a statewide cohort of more than 2,000 adult residents in the state that are being surveyed regularly over time.
The first report was released on June 20, 2022 and was based on survey responses conducted in May 2022.
“Overall, as we enter a new phase of the pandemic, Hawaiʻi’s populations are becoming more confident that the worst of the pandemic is behind us, driving COVID-19 booster uptake down,” according to Ruben Juarez, HMSA Endowed Professor in Health Economics at UHERO. “Significant impacts exacerbated by the pandemic, including long-COVID, mental health issues and the impact of long-COVID on unemployment, may pose significant challenges that warrant monitoring.”
UHERO is housed in UH Mānoa’s College of Social Sciences.
Read more on UHERO‘s website.
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