Here are some frequently asked questions on COVID-19 vaccination policy and eligibility requirement for all HOF Medical Awards.
1. What is this about?
All applications for medical financial assistance through the Hualalai 'Ohana Foundation (HOF) require proof of vaccination to be eligible for medical financial assistance.
It has always been part of HOF's mission to care for the well-being of Hualalai's working families. Out of concern for the continued well-being of Hualalai's most important asset - it's employees - the Board of Directors and Foundation leadership established guidelines for medical financial assistance requests in 2021. The policy remains in effect.
2. How come you are requiring this and my employer (ABC Cleaning Service, XYZ Window Washing Services, Four Seasons, etc…) does not?
The Hualalai ‘Ohana Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, legally separate from the Hualalai Resort, Hualalai Investors, the Four Seasons Hotel and any other vendor, contractor or service provider. As a nonprofit entrusted with management of donor funds, it is our responsibility to provide educational and medical care opportunities to individuals employed or self-employed in the community of Hualalai, and the children of such employees, under standards, rules and guidelines promulgated by the Board of Directors of this corporation, consistent with the charitable purposes of the corporation.
3. Can HOF require it's applicants to be vaccinated?
As many nonprofits providing financial assistance in the form of scholarships or grants do, HOF requires certain eligibility parameters to be met in order to qualify. Applicants must work at Hualalai resort for at least one year and for at least 20 hours per week. Their combined household income must be at or below $195,000 per year. And, for medical financial assistance, effective October 2021, applicants must show proof of vaccination.
To reinforce the message that we care for the well-being of our working families, the Foundation’s decision to require applicants to show proof of vaccination to be eligible for support is part of continuing effort to support the well-being of the Hualalai ‘ohana. Many of our donors feel that this is an important piece of providing for the ‘ohana and ensures that the funds entrusted to us are supporting greater health across the community – now and into the future.
4. Are there any applicants to whom the requirement does not apply?
This requirement applies to all applicants who meet the qualification for a medical financial assistance award.
5. What medical conditions qualify for a medical exemption?
Conditions which qualify for medical exemptions may include, but are not limited to, allergies to vaccine components, certain heart conditions, certain neurologic conditions like a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome, and others. Each medical exemption request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must be accompanied by a medical waiver from a doctor.
6. I’m pregnant; does the requirement apply to me?
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology officially recommends pregnant woman be vaccinated. However, if you and your obstetrician do not think you should be vaccinated during pregnancy, you may apply for a medical exemption.
7. Am I required to get a specific vaccine?
No. Any COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the FDA and/or recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) will meet HOF’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.
8. If I have recovered from COVID-19, am I required to vaccinate?
Yes, current medical best practices establish that patients who have been exposed and have recovered from COVID-19 still require vaccination. If you choose to apply for a medical award through our Foundation, we will require that you show proof of vaccination to be eligible for support.
9. My son has a scholarship through the Hualālai ‘Ohana Foundation, does this change things?
No, the policy guidelines apply only to medical financial assistance awards and not to educational programs or scholarships.
10. Where can I get more information?
Please read our medical financial vaccination policy guidelines. If you have further questions, please email support@HualalaiOhanaFoundation.org