Unvaccinated employees are those who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine due to medical or religious exemptions or others who are not “fully vaccinated” as defined by Middlebury’s COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements Policy

Unvaccinated employees who have no COVID-19 symptoms but are a close contact of someone who has COVID -19 must do the following:

  • Employees must notify Human Resources and their supervisor, remain home to quarantine, and they may schedule a test as soon as possible (to identify an infection early) and a Day 5 test. Asymptomatic employees who are identified as a close contact will be able to schedule a testing appointment on campus on the days the College offers asymptomatic tests to students at the testing center as appointment slots allow. Employees can contact Human Resources to make arrangements. They may also schedule testing through the Vermont Department of Health, at a local pharmacy, or their healthcare provider. They must remain in quarantine and get a NAAT/PCR test on or after Day 5 of their quarantine period. If the result is negative and they still do not have any symptoms, they may return to their normal activities and end quarantine. They should continue to monitor for symptoms and wear a well-fitted mask indoors for the remainder of the 10-day period following the exposure. Employees should also contact their healthcare provider if they need further guidance.
  • If symptoms develop, employees must arrange for a NAAT/PCR test immediately, stay in quarantine away from others, and notify Human Resources and their supervisor. Testing for symptomatic employees is not available at the College. They should also contact their healthcare provider if they need further guidance.
  • Employees who test positive must stay home, self-isolate for at least 5 days (see the instructions regarding the appropriate isolation period), and contact their healthcare provider if they need further guidance. Whether they work on campus or remotely, employees must notify Human Resources and their supervisor, report positive results through the Employee COVID-19 Reporting Tool. Employees should use the Employee Covid-19 Reporting Tool to notify Human Resources of any close or low-risk campus contacts. Employees may not return to campus until they have completed the 5-day isolation period and met the other criteria for release from isolation.
  • Medical clearance by a healthcare provider for return to work is not required; however, employees are encouraged to consult with their healthcare provider for individualized health guidance. See also the instructions for employees who test positive for COVID-19.

Unvaccinated employees who develop COVID-19 symptoms but are not a known close contact of someone who has COVID -19 must do the following:

  • Unvaccinated employees who develop COVID-19 symptoms and are not a close contact of someone with COVID-19 must notify Human Resources and their supervisor, self-isolate at home, and arrange for a NAAT/PCR test as soon as possible through the Vermont Department of Health, at a local pharmacy, or their healthcare provider. Testing for symptomatic employees is not available at the College. Employees should also contact their healthcare provider if they need further guidance. If they don’t have a healthcare provider, they should call 211 to connect to care or contact the nearest federally qualified health center or one of Vermont’s Free & Referral Clinics.
  • Employees may return to work on campus when they receive a negative NAAT/PCR test result, their symptoms are improving and they have no new symptoms. They must continue to monitor for additional symptoms and wear a well-fitted mask indoors for 10 days. Those who develop new symptoms must test again, self-isolate, and contact Human Resources and their supervisor. They should also contact their healthcare provider if they need further guidance. Unvaccinated individuals with symptoms but no known exposure must base the decision to end self-isolation on a NAAT/PCR test result only. Antigen tests are only helpful if positive, and negative antigen tests must be confirmed with a NAAT/PCR test.
  • Employees who test positive must stay home, self-isolate for at least 5 days (see the instructions regarding the appropriate isolation period), and contact their healthcare provider if they need further guidance. Whether they work on campus or remotely, employees must notify Human Resources and their supervisor, report positive results through the Employee COVID-19 Reporting Tool, and complete the Contact Tracing Form. Employees may not return to campus until they have completed the 5-day isolation period and met the other criteria for release from isolation.
  • Home antigen tests when positive in an individual experiencing symptoms indicate active infection and those individuals must stay home, self-isolate for at least 5 days (see instructions regarding the appropriate isolation period), and should contact their healthcare provider if they need further guidance. They also must notify Human Resources and their supervisor, report positive results through the Employee COVID-19 Reporting Tool, and complete the Contact Tracing Form.  Employees may not return to campus until they have completed the 5-day isolation period and met the other criteria for release from isolation.
  • Medical clearance by a healthcare provider for return to work is not required; however, employees are encouraged to consult with their healthcare provider for individualized health guidance. See also the instructions for employees who test positive for COVID-19.

Unvaccinated employees who have COVID-19 symptoms and are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19 must do the following:

  • Employees who have COVID-19 symptoms and are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must notify Human Resources and their supervisor, self-isolate at home, and arrange for a NAAT/ PCR test as soon as possible with the Vermont Department of Health, at a local pharmacy, or their healthcare provider. Testing for symptomatic employees is not available at the College. Employees must schedule a second NAAT/PCR test at least five days after their last exposure and contact their healthcare provider for further guidance. Those who don’t have a healthcare provider should call 211 to connect to care or contact the nearest federally qualified health center) or one of Vermont’s Free & Referral Clinics.
  • If their initial NAAT/PCR test result is negative, employees must still quarantine due to the exposure. They also must notify Human Resources and their supervisor, remain home to quarantine, and schedule a Day 5 test appointment through the Vermont Department of Health or their healthcare provider. They must remain in quarantine and get a NAAT/PCR test on or after Day 5 of their quarantine period. They may return to campus if the PCR test result is negative and their symptoms are improving (to avoid spreading other illnesses on campus). They must continue to monitor for symptoms and wear a well fitted mask indoors for the remainder of the 10-day period following the exposure. Employees should also contact their healthcare provider if they need further guidance.
  • If symptoms persist despite a day 5 NAAT/PCR test, employees should contact their healthcare provider for further guidance regarding repeat testing and care.  
  • Employees who test positive must stay home, self-isolate for at least 5 days (see the instructions regarding the appropriate isolation period), and contact their healthcare provider if they need further guidance. Whether they work on campus or remotely, employees must notify Human Resources and their supervisor, report positive results through the Employee COVID-19 Reporting Tool, and complete the Contact Tracing Form. Employees may not return to campus until they have completed the isolation period and met the other criteria for release from isolation. .
  • Home antigen tests when positive in an individual experiencing symptoms indicate active infection and those individuals must stay home, self-isolate for at least 5 days (see the instructions regarding the appropriate isolation period), and contact their healthcare provider if they need further guidance. They also must notify Human Resources and their supervisor, report positive results through the Employee COVID-19 Reporting Tool, and complete the Contact Tracing Form.  Employees may not return to campus until they have completed the 5-day isolation period and met the other criteria for release from isolation.
  • Medical clearance by a healthcare provider for return to work is not required; however, employees are encouraged to consult with their healthcare provider for individualized health guidance. See also the instructions for employees who test positive for COVID-19.