SMART Health Card launched, along with other measures

Posted on Sep 27, 2021 in Capitol Connection, Featured, Main

 So far, more than 216,000 people have signed up for the new state-issued digital SMART Health Card, unveiled by Governor Ige last month. “Participation is purely voluntary, but it makes it easier for patrons to present proof of vaccination at restaurants, gyms and other businesses that require it,” he said. “It’s another step toward protecting our residents and visitors, while also supporting local businesses and Hawai‘i’s economy.”  The card also helps prevent the use of fake vaccination cards because businesses will be able to scan the QR code using a verification app. Anyone who has been fully vaccinated in Hawai‘i has the choice of using the new SMART Health Card, the original vaccination card or an image of the card when asked. To obtain the SMART Heath Card, go to Hawai‘i Safe Travels at https://travel.hawaii.gov and create an account or use your existing account.

More proof of vaccination or testing status required – Governor Ige has signed an executive order requiring contractors and visitors at state facilities to provide their vaccination or testing status prior to entry. Some county mayors have also announced similar precautions through programs such as Safe Access O‘ahu, which requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within the past 48 hours to enter restaurants, bars, indoor gyms, and recreational settings. Maui County’s Safer Outside program also will require proof of vaccination for indoor dining, but a negative test result isn’t an option. Those under 12 years old are exempt from the program.

Read more in the October Capitol Connection newsletter.

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