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COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

How do I submit my vaccination record?

Students should email healthcenter@byuh.edu with a copy of their vaccine card or certificate.

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

BYUH Health Services will facilitate COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots 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.

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.

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 by calling (808) 675-3510.

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

How do I submit an exemption?

Students may request an exemption through BYUH Health Services.

Why is BYU–Hawaii requiring COVID-19 vaccinations?

BYU–Hawaii and its Board of Trustees have chosen to maintain the best protection due to the specific circumstances at BYU–Hawaii. These include a very large gathering of students from more than 50 countries, a small and at-risk community, frequent interactions with non-residents in employment situations, and extremely limited medical care in proximity to campus. These circumstances are unique, even among universities in Hawaii.

The COVID-19 vaccination is just one of several vaccinations that are required by the university. Vaccinations have been required to attend BYU–Hawaii for many years. Immunizations have been added in the past, added recently, and will likely be added in the future.

Why is BYU–Hawaii requiring the COVID-19 booster for those eligible?

The immunization requirements are about both individual health and a collective capacity to operate the university safely and with continuity. While State and CDC guidelines now allow less cautious approaches to public safety, they still state “For the best protection, everyone 6 months and older is recommended to stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines, which includes getting boosters if eligible.”

Isn't requiring vaccinations and boosters violating the agency of BYUH students?

Immunizations, the Honor Code, dress and grooming standards, and ecclesiastical endorsement requirements have never been and will not become optional. They also have been subject to adjustment over the years. The Board of Trustees, which includes the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, determines the conditions under which a student can attend BYU–Hawaii. Students must use their agency to decide if they are willing to comply with these requirements. Nothing about that ability to choose has changed.

Why aren't employees required to be vaccinated?


Employees do not, and have not, ever had a university immunization requirement. The university has decided not to establish this requirement at this time.

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.

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.

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