Vaccination Planning

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February 26, 2021: IMPORTANT: Vaccination Update for UH Employees

February 17, 2021: IMPORTANT UPDATE: COVID-19 Vaccinations For UH Employees and Students

February 9, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccinations


January 14, 2021

Aloha,

As President Lassner said in a message January 14, University of Hawai‘i is doing everything we can to expedite the vaccination process so we can drive COVID-19 out of our community and enable a safe return to substantial in-person instruction for fall 2021. In good news for our campuses, the most recent (January 8) updated DOH vaccination plan prioritized post-secondary education teachers and support staff as essential workers within Phase 1B, for whom vaccination plans are unfolding. With some exceptions, most students will be part of Phase 2, which we expect to begin later in the spring or summer.

Vaccinations will be administered using the State of Hawaiʻi phased priorities, which are based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). I am asking all faculty and staff who wish to be vaccinated to complete a short questionnaire. This is needed to help the state and UH with the planning and implementation of vaccine distribution.

Vaccination plans and locations will differ by island, but if you have any other opportunity to be vaccinated, such as through your own health care provider, we encourage you to do so.

The decision to be vaccinated is yours. If you have concerns, we urge you to seek out more information so you can weigh any risks for yourself. Here are some excellent resources from our state health department and the CDC.

While the vaccines provide the first glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel, we are still at high risk. Please continue to follow all safety guidelines in place, particularly those about wearing a face covering and refraining from unnecessary gatherings. And please download and utilize the free and privacy-preserving State of Hawaiʻi notification app, AlohaSafe, which may tell you, anonymously and securely, if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

UH and our campus leadership is deeply committed to Hawaiʻi’s vaccination effort and we are doing everything we can to make the vaccines available as quickly as possible. This continues to be an evolving process. We will provide updates on a regular basis as well as post the latest information and instructions on this UH website. If you have further questions, please email COVID19@hawaii.edu.

E mālama pono,
Karen C. Lee, Interim Chancellor