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COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Who approved the addition of a COVID-19 vaccination to the list of required immunizations?

This policy was discussed and approved by the BYU–Hawaii President Council and the BYU–Hawaii Board of Trustees.

How do I submit my vaccination record?

Students should email healthcenter@byuh.edu with a copy of their vaccine card or certificate. If you have already submitted your vaccination record to receive an exemption to weekly COVID testing, you do not need to resubmit your vaccine record at this time. An online BYUH Health Immunization Requirements Form will be available soon to simplify and standardize submitting vaccination records.

What is the deadline for submitting my vaccination record?

Students should submit their vaccination record as soon as possible. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, August 18, two weeks before the start of the fall semester.

What if I can’t get vaccinated before coming to BYU–Hawaii?

BYUH Health Services will facilitate COVID-19 vaccinations upon arrival on campus for students who are unable to be immunized before arriving.

I received my vaccination at a clinic held on campus or through BYUH Health Services. Do I need to submit my record to BYU–Hawaii?

Yes, you will still need to submit your record even if you received your vaccination on campus.

Students should email healthcenter@byuh.edu with a copy of their vaccine card or certificate. Employees should send their vaccination records to Campus Safety at byuhsafety@byuh.edu. If you have already submitted your vaccination record to receive an exemption to weekly COVID-19 testing, you do not need to resubmit your vaccine record at this time.

Which vaccines does BYU–Hawaii accept?

All World Health Organization-authorized vaccines will be accepted including Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Johnson & Johnson. Read through WHO's list of vaccines that meet safety standards for additional accepted vaccines.

I received a vaccine that is not WHO approved. What should I do for the vaccine requirement?

Please email Laurie Abregano, director of Health Services at laurie.abregano@byuh.edu to determine the best way to proceed.

The vaccine has FDA emergency use approval (EUA) which concerns me.


FDA emergency use approval (EUA) is based on the same principles as full approval but requires data over a shorter period of time (two months vs. six months) and ensures that the data does not sit on someone’s desk and wait to be reviewed. EUA does not mean the vaccine is “experimental.” It means that while there is less data than is generally requested for a standard approval, there is sufficient and compelling data to demonstrate that the benefits outweigh the risks. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have already filed for full approval with the incredibly large amounts of data and FDA approval is expected soon.

More than 140 million American have been fully vaccinated - there is more safety information about COVID-19 vaccines than any other vaccines in history.

The technology for mRNA vaccines has been in development for more than 20 years. Read more.

Will employees be required to get vaccinated?


The change to required student health clearances applies only to students. The university has strongly encouraged all employees to get vaccinated. Over 78% of our employees are completely vaccinated. We are grateful that they recognize the importance of being global citizens and protecting this community. Those who have not been vaccinated are required to take precautions to minimize any potential adverse impact on our students' health and educational experiences. View the vaccination statistics for the most recent numbers.

Am I required to get vaccinated if I’ve had COVID-19?


Yes. In line with the CDC recommendation, beginning the Fall 2021 Semester the COVID-19 vaccine will be required for all BYU–Hawaii students, including those who have previously tested positive for COVID-19.

Where can I get vaccinated?

Students already on campus should schedule an appointment through BYUH Health Services/Nomi Health by calling (808) 207-5459 or filling out a COVID-19 vaccination appointment request.

Other US locations: Find COVID-19 vaccines near you.

How do I submit an exemption?

Students may request an exemption through BYUH Health Services.

Where can I ask other questions or voice my concerns?

You can email covid19@byuh.edu.

Where can I get reliable information on the COVID-19 vaccine?


The Mayo Clinic has published some great information to help you understand the COVID-19 and navigate the fake news that is associated with it. Find the facts on the Mayo Clinic website.

What can I do if I am not going to fulfill the immunization requirement this semester?

You may be considering deferring your enrollment due to having difficulty fulfilling the university immunization requirements or dealing with other complexities that have arisen due to the COVID–19 pandemic. For more information about the deferral options, you can visit the Registrar website.

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