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From pilots to taxi drivers, thousands of airport workers affected by vaccine order or Ige test

ByElla E. Kidwell

Sep 12, 2021

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Starting Monday, contractors, vendors or state licensees will be required to show proof of vaccination or provide weekly negative tests.

The state Department of Transportation says the mandate applies to almost all airport employees – from pilots and catering workers to curbside workers who provide luggage, taxi and passenger services. carpooling.

The Cab company already requires drivers to be vaccinated and supports the initiative of the State.

“I think it’s a good idea and I think everyone, every business should kind of cooperate with the state and the city,” said Howard Higa, president of The Cab.

“And they should get their employees or their drivers vaccinated, whoever they are, because I think that’s how we’re going to cure this pandemic.”

Charley’s Taxi, meanwhile, is against the warrant.

“We feel like evidence of a previous infection and the antibodies that go with it should be equivalent to a vaccine,” Tom Nauwelaerts, spokesperson for Charley’s Taxi.

However, in a study last month, the CDC said unvaccinated people are more than twice as likely to be re-infected with COVID than those who are fully vaccinated.

Darci Evans, vice president of Charley’s Taxi, also believes that the vaccine’s mandate is not fair.

“Vaccinees can contract and spread the virus and they do not need to be tested to enter any of these sites,” said “If it was only for ‘public safety’, everyone should be tested equally. “

Charley’s and The Cab require passengers to wear a mask while driving.

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