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COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Why is BYU–Hawaii requiring COVID-19 vaccinations?


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. Like what is in place for the Missionary Training Center in Provo, it has been determined that full vaccination against COVID-19, including boosters when eligible under CDC recommendations, is an important part of ensuring personal safety and collective capacity to operate in a safe and uninterrupted manner.

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 and has chosen instead to urge vaccination and restrict certain activities that might endanger the safety and continuity of university operations. As such, employees who are not vaccinated must test weekly at their own expense, cannot travel on university business, and cannot use university fitness and recreation facilities.

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 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 upload their vaccination records to Workday by following the prompts on the front page after sign-on.

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/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.

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