Hawaii DOH warning about the Pono Coalition for Informed Consent

HONOLULU – Hawaiʻi Department of Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char, FACEP released the following statement on the Pono Coalition for Informed Consent: 

“This week, COVID-19 took the lives of 19 Hawaiʻi residents. Over 9,000 of our family, friends, and neighbors are sick with COVID. The tragedy of this spike in cases is that by and large, it’s preventable. We have vaccines that will save the lives of Hawaii residents.

“We listen to all sides in public health. We believe in dialogue. But in this case, the science is clear. More than 350 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history. The vaccine will protect you against severe illness, hospitalization and death.

“The Pono Coalition for Informed Consent is spreading misinformation about these lifesaving vaccines. This is dangerous. The Coalition proliferates misinformation about the severity of the disease and the safety of the vaccines.

“I want to be clear—hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin should not be used to treat COVID-19. Taking unprescribed large doses of ivermectin or doses intended for animals can cause serious harm.

“We are in a crisis. COVID-19 will continue to take lives until we do the right thing and come together behind vaccination. Those with questions about the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines should seek information from official sources like DOH or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

The Maui based Pono Coalition states about its purpose:

Pono Coalition for Informed Consentadvocates for true informed consent before taking the experimental COVID-19 vaccines, before authorizing for another, or before administering. Our master faculty are supported by an International Advisory Council comprised of leading experts. Our Leadership Team is based on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii. Meet our team, below. 

​“Pono” in Hawaiian means to act properly, in harmony with others. Our approach is rooted in deep and balanced discourse, born of reverence for both our collective interconnectedness and the impact our choices make on future generations. Our core value is, as we say in Hawaii, Be Pono!

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