August 31st, 2021

Aloha students and friends,

We have an important announcement to make.

Owing to the recent surge of covid cases driven by the delta variant in Hawaii and abroad, in order to protect the safety of our students and staff, and the stability of the school, we will be implementing a vaccination requirement at the school.

From October 1, 2021, all students and staff will need to comply with these rules.
1) Provide proof of vaccination* by Oct. 1, 2021 or by start date at school, or one of the below:
2) If above not provided, must receive first shot of Pfizer or Moderna within 72 hours of start date, and receive second shot within one month of start date. Or receive Johnson & Johnson vaccine within 72 hours of start date. Vaccines are readily available for free in Hawaii for IIE students.
3) If student is not vaccinated and studying less than a month, student may provide a negative covid test weekly (at student’s expense) instead of proof of vaccination.
4) Submit a medical or religious** exemption for the vaccination, and provide a negative covid test weekly (at student’s expense)

*Vaccination means two shots of Pfizer, Moderna or Astra Zeneca, or one shot of Johnson & Johnson.
*EU/Switzerland Covid Certificate (1 or 2 shots) accepted by IIE Hawaii.
**Religious exemption means a sincere religious or moral belief in conflict with vaccines.

We hope you understand the need and importance of the above measure. We firmly believe it is the only effective and responsible solution going forward for the health of students and staff, and the health of the school itself.

Vaccine Proof Needed at Oahu Restaurants, Bars, Gyms, Theatres!
In a related development, it was announced today that starting Sept. 13, 2021, a proof of vaccination, or negative covid test within 48 hours, will be required for entry into Oahu bars, restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, museums and other similar establishments. Thus, there will be even more reason for students to be vaccinated. More information: https://www.oneoahu.org/safe-access-oahu

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.