KS Removes Sports Vaccine Mandate

Students are now free to participate in activities such as sports without a COVID vaccine.

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Kanoa Leong, Reporter

Kamehameha Schools Kapālama, in preparation for the new school year, has lifted its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students participating in sports. The new set of COVID-19 guidelines were put into effect on August 18. The following excerpt was taken from the school’s athletics website:

“This updated guidance is an affirmation that our community continues to grow its understanding of the risks associated with COVID-19 and the individual strategies and behaviors that are known to be effective in keeping us safe.”

The mandate, which was put into place on October 2 of last year, required all athletes and athletic staff members at KS to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. However, religious and medical exemptions were made for those who requested them. Students across campus shared their reactions to the recent lifting of the mandate.

“As someone who was already vaccinated even before the mandate, I think it’s important that our sports stay as inclusive as possible. Everyone deserves a chance to play and participate” said one anonymous senior athlete.

“I know people who felt pushed away from sports because of the mandate last year. I think it’s good that athletes won’t need to feel that way anymore” said one anonymous junior athlete.

The complete notice for the campus’s new health and safety guidelines can be found on the official Kamehameha Schools blog at ksbe.edu.