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Kokua Line: Public libraries screen teenagers for COVID-19. What if the library is on a school campus?

Question: The rules for children should be the same at public schools and public libraries. What if the library is at the school?

Answer: In that case, students of any age enrolled at the school could visit the library during school hours without proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test for the disease, said Mallory Fujitani, a spokeswoman for the Hawaii State Public Library System.

“HSPLS manages 12 public libraries on or adjacent to Department of Education school campuses. Enrolled DOE students at these campuses are exempt from the vaccination and testing requirement during the school day. During visits to the library outside of normal school hours, the vaccination and testing requirement would apply to students age 12 or older,” she said.

Gov. David Ige’s Executive Order No. 21-07 (Access to State Property), which took effect Monday, restricts contractors’ and visitors’ access to state facilities unless they are vaccinated against COVID- 19 or have recently tested negative for the disease.

The order’s definition of visitor excludes individuals under age 12 — who are not eligible for COVID- 19 vaccination — and “students while attending DOE public or charter schools.” It does not mention public library patrons.

As of Monday, Hawaii’s public libraries and support offices have required visitors 12 and older to provide valid photo ID and proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result issued within 72 hours of the visit, according to the system’s website, “If a visitor is unable to come into the library, staff will make every effort to provide assistance at the door,” it says.

The library system has 51 branches throughout the state, the website says.

Q: Did they make any progress on including children in the clinical trials for the travel exemption?

A: Yes. Children or adults who received the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in a clinical trial may obtain the exemption that allows them to skip Hawaii’s 10-day quarantine for arriving air passengers, as long as their vaccine card contains the information required of other vaccinated travelers, according to Hawaii’s COVID-­‑ 19 portal. “Other vaccine trials such as AstraZeneca are not acceptable at this time,” it says.


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