BYU-Hawaii will require COVID vaccinations; BYU strongly encourages | Education

In an announcement Thursday morning, BYU-Hawaii said the COVID-19 vaccination will be added to its health clearance requirements for students starting in fall 2021.

The university, located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, will allow seeking medical or religious exemptions, but a statement from the school said the requirement follows current university policies governing the vaccination of students.

“The decision to add this vaccination requirement was taken after careful consideration of the available data on the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccination and consultation with experts in medicine, public health and epidemiology,” BYU-Hawaii president John SK Kauwe III said in a Release press. “This action promotes the safety of our students and our community. It also supports our efforts to provide students who choose to continue their studies at BYU-Hawaii with a quality on-campus experience and minimize disruption from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “

BYU-Hawaii students will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on campus if they cannot do so before arriving, but students are urged to be vaccinated if possible before leaving for semester. ‘autumn.

Adding the COVID-19 vaccine to immunization requirements is supported by the BYU-Hawaii board of directors.

When asked about the requirement for Brigham Young University, a spokesperson pointed to a statement urging members of the BYU campus community to protect themselves and others through vaccination.

The statement goes on to say that individuals are responsible for making their own decisions about vaccinations.

“Under general circumstances and situations, and in accordance with the First Presidency’s Statement on Immunizations, BYU encourages but does not require employees or students to receive COVID-19 immunization,” the statement read.

For members of the campus community who wish to be vaccinated, appointments are currently available and can be booked at the old Provo High School building and the BYU Student Health Center.

During the week of June 5-11, two cases were reported in the campus community, the seven-day moving average of new cases is currently 0 and a total of 37 new cases were reported during the quarter of spring.

In BYU’s summer term, which is scheduled to begin June 21, masks will no longer be required on campus, according to the BYU COVID-19 page.

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