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City and County of Honolulu launch "Save Access Oʻahu" program


Art and Flea by Mori at South Shore Market
Art and Flea by Mori at South Shore Market. Businesses will now require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test.

The “Safe Access O‘ahu” program requires all employees, contractors, and volunteers of businesses, such as restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theaters, museums, arcades and other similar establishments, to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test result each week in order to operate. In addition, customers must show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within the previous 48 hours in order to enter the establishment. Children under 12 years old are exempt.


What is acceptable proof of vaccination?

● Proof of full vaccination means demonstrating that you have completed a vaccination regimen approved by the Hawaii Department of Health in compliance with all requirements of the State’s Safe Travels program through providing:

○ a hard copy of a state-approved vaccination card;

○ a photograph/digital copy of a state-approved vaccination card; or

○ a Hawai‘i state-approved digital/smart device application confirming full vaccination status (including via the Safe Travels program/application or Hawai‘i SMART Health Card).


● Proof of a US FDA approved or US FDA EUA vaccination (currently Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson) administered outside the United States is acceptable for employees and patrons/customers.

○ For employees, the employer must be able to provide an English version of the employee’s documentation upon request for verification

○ For patrons/customers, the establishment should exercise reasonable discretion in accepting an official immunization record from outside the United States. One significant factor to consider is whether the document has enough English to be comprehensible or is in a language the establishment employees can comprehend.


● “Full vaccination” means two weeks have passed after the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccination series which has been authorized for emergency use or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

○ Or two weeks have passed after a single-dose COVID-19 vaccination which has been authorized for emergency use or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, regardless of whether a COVID-19 vaccine booster has been received.


● You must also present identification with the same information as the proof of vaccination.

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