COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Shot Requirements

In accordance with Middlebury’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, all students, faculty, and staff on campus must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they have approved religious or medical exemptions. “Fully vaccinated” means that two weeks have passed since a person received the final dose of their vaccine.

In addition, all eligible students, faculty and staff must receive a COVID-19 booster shot.

Visit Middlebury’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy to find detailed information about Middlebury College’s requirements (including a list of approved vaccines) and procedures for providing vaccination and booster shot documentation. 

Daily Health Check

Anyone who is sick or has had a possible exposure to COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status, should stay away from others to reduce the chances of spreading illness.

Students, faculty, and staff are required to conduct a daily health check prior to interacting with anyone on campus and may not come to campus if they have COVID-19 symptoms. Health checks should include daily temperature checks, daily symptom checks, and ensuring they have not been in close contact with an individual who is positive for COVID-19. Although students and employees are required to conduct daily health checks, they are no longer required to record their symptoms using an app or online form.   

Students with symptoms should contact Health Services at 802-443-3290 for guidance during office hours and MiddTelehealth after hours and on weekends. Employees with symptoms should remain at home and self-isolate and should contact their healthcare providers if they need further guidance, as well as their supervisor and Human Resources. Individuals with severe or sudden-onset symptoms should call 911.

For detailed information about what to do in the event you experience COVID-19 symptoms, you have been exposed to COVID-19, or you test positive for COVID-19, see COVID-19 Testing at Middlebury and Instructions for Those Exposed, Symptomatic or Who Have Tested Positive for COVID-19.

Masks

In addition to vaccination and booster shots, wearing a well-fitted masks are among the most effective methods to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, especially during times of high transmission. The CDC and Vermont Department of Health offer guidance on well-fitting masks.

Faculty, staff, and students must wear masks indoors except when alone in a private space, work area or individual office; when alone or with their roommate in their own residence hall rooms (students); when eating or drinking; or when attending to personal hygiene needs in the bathroom. 

Masks are not required in situations where it would make it impractical for individuals to fully participate in certain academic programs or cocurricular activities. 

Approved visitors and guests are required to wear masks indoors. 

All individuals are encouraged to wear masks outdoors when in groups where distance cannot be maintained and/or participants are stationary (e.g., sitting in a crowded stadium watching a sporting event).

Faculty and staff who must interact closely with students and who are at increased risk for severe illness may also require students to wear masks in classes or meetings, even in situations where indoor masks are no longer required. Others at risk for severe illness should talk with their supervisors about mask requirements or protocols in certain circumstances while at work (e.g., meetings) when masks are no longer required on campus. 

Current mask requirements will be indicated on the Campus Status web page. As health conditions change on campus or in the state of Vermont, mask requirements could change. Certain locations on campus, such as Health Services, will always require masks to be worn upon entry.

Even in situations where masks are not mandatory, we continue to be a mask-friendly campus: many members of our campus community will choose to wear masks even if not required to, and if so, individuals are supported in their decisions. There are many reasons that an individual may wear a mask, including the following:

  • An individual may prefer to wear a mask to prevent spreading or being exposed to other illnesses, in addition to COVID-19.
  • An individual may be immunocompromised.
  • An individual may live with someone who is immunocompromised.
  • An individual may live with someone who is not fully vaccinated.
  • An individual may be unvaccinated due to a medical or religious exemption.

If a student or employee has a disability or medical condition that requires accommodations for a specific type of mask or mask, they must contact the Disability Resource Center (students) or Human Resources (faculty and staff).

Hand Hygiene

Washing hands or using hand sanitizer reduces the risk of getting infected with a virus when someone touches their face, nose, or eyes. This practice prevents someone who is infected (even if they don’t feel sick) from spreading germs to others when touching shared surfaces.

Students, faculty, and staff should frequently and thoroughly wash their hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially when entering a new area, after being in a public place, or after blowing their nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching their face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Hand sanitizer is located inside the entrances to campus buildings and in classrooms and event spaces.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands, and do not touch any personal items or eat with unwashed hands. Disinfect personal items such as keys, cell phones, and keyboards frequently. Individuals should always cover their mouth and nose with tissues when they cough or sneeze or direct the sneeze into the inside of their elbow. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.

Travel

If health conditions on campus or in the region change during the 2021–22 academic year, off-campus travel and activities could be impacted. Current travel restrictions will be on the Campus Status page.

Institutional Travel

Institutional travel is permitted with departmental approval and adherence to all CDC travel guidelines. College vehicle rentals may be used if approved by the appropriate department. 

International Travel

Middlebury-sponsored international travel for faculty, staff, and students is permitted under the rules of the College’s international travel policy. All travelers must follow CDC travel guidelines. Travelers should be attentive to the COVID-19 situation in their destination and are subject to all host country travel restrictions and quarantine requirements.

Personal Travel

Travel may increase the risk of potential exposure. Please consult the Campus Status web page. All individuals must follow CDC and Vermont guidelines, as well as travel guidance at their point of destination. 

Visitors

Visitors to Campus

Visitors are allowed on campus with departmental permission and for approved events or programs only. Visitors are subject to all applicable Middlebury College health policies, including but not limited to those pertaining to vaccination, booster shots and masks. Visitors must be fully vaccinated as defined by Middlebury’s COVID-19 Vaccination policy and all eligible visitors per CDC guidance must have received a COVID-19 booster shot, unless they have a valid medical or religious exemption. Visitors must also be prepared to show proof of vaccination and their booster shot or certify that they have a valid medical or religious exemption.

All visitors must wear well fitted masks indoors and are encouraged to wear masks outdoors when in groups where distance cannot be maintained and/or where sustained or prolonged close contact with others is unavoidable. Masks may be required for larger outdoor events and/or for unvaccinated individuals, depending on the activity. Visitors may use the masks of their choice as long as they comply with current CDC guidance on masks. Visitors should carry masks in the event they are required to wear them.

Visitors must also follow all CDC travel guidance, and they may not come to campus under the following conditions:

  • They have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the 10 days prior to arrival.
  • They are sick or have symptoms associated with COVID-19.
  • They have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days.

Approved vendors are permitted on campus and are subject to the same vaccination, booster, mask, and health and safety protocols.

Many campus events can be held in a way that reduces the risk of exposure to attendees. The Department of Event Management review process helps prospective hosts put in place appropriate measures to minimize the chance of viral transmission. Event organizers are ultimately responsible for designing mitigation plans to minimize the risk of transmission. 

Given that the visitor policy may change based on local and regional health conditions, please check the Campus Status web page for the most current information regarding campus visitors.