Here are some frequently asked questions on COVID-19 vaccination policy and eligibility requirement for all HOF Medical Awards.
1. What is this about?
Effective October 1, 2021, all new applications for medical financial assistance through the Hualalai 'Ohana Foundation will require proof of vaccination to be eligible for our medical programs.
It has always been part of our 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 have established new guidelines for medical financial assistance requests.
2. I have a current medical award with HOF. It’s a serious medical award for my husband’s Cancer diagnosis. Does this mean I need to prove his vaccination status to continue receiving support?
No. The policy applies to any new applications from October 1, 2021 onward. While all current applications and previously-approved/active applications are grandfathered in, if you apply for a new award, you will need to abide by the new policy effective October 1.
3. 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.
4. Can HOF require it's applicants to be vaccinated?
Like many colleges, universities, healthcare employers and businesses across the country, HOF has required certain eligibility parameters be met to qualify for medical financial assistance support. In addition to working at the resort for at least one year and for at least 20 hours per week, one of those has been the requirement that all applicants have health insurance. Vaccination has been one of the mainstays of public health for decades, and the COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be the most important tool to fight this deadly pandemic.
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 our ongoing 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.
5. Are there any applicants to whom the requirement does not apply?
This requirement applies to all applicants who meet the qualification for an award. However, this policy does not apply to children under the age of 12 who are not currently eligible for vaccination, or applicants who present a medical waiver from their doctor.
6. I’m applying for a medical financial assistance award for my 10-year-old daughter’s dental surgery. She cannot get the vaccine since she is underage. Does this mean I can’t qualify for support?
Since the vaccines are not approved for anyone under the age of 12, HOF will consider her exempt from the vaccination eligibility requirement.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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. Vaccination after resolution of symptoms from COVID-19 infection provides an important increase in protection. 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.
11. I am not vaccinated and do not plan to get vaccinated. I have opted to test weekly onsite to fulfill my employer’s mandatory testing policy requirements. Will proof of a negative COVID-19 test suffice for the purposes of my medical financial assistance application with HOF?
HOF will require COVID-19 vaccination as a condition for eligibility to receive medical financial assistance through the Hualālai ‘Ohana Foundation.
12. My son has a scholarship through the Hualālai ‘Ohana Foundation, does this change things?
No. At this time, the new policy guidelines apply only to medical financial assistance awards and not to educational program streams.
13. What if I do not have either an exemption or a first dose of vaccine by October 1st?
You are ineligible for medical financial assistance. To mitigate the risk of COVID-19 on the Hualālai campus, and to encourage the Hualālai workforce ‘ohana to be vaccinated, anyone with an active medical financial assistance application must show proof of at least one dose to qualify for support. If you have at least one dose between October 1 and November 30, your application meets the vaccination eligibility criteria. By December 1, 2021, all applicants for medical financial assistance must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
14. Where can I get more information?
Please read our medical financial vaccination policy guidelines or visit the CDC COVID-19 guidelines in links below. If you have further questions, please email support@HualalaiOhanaFoundation.org