Yes, all faculty and staff are required to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine.
The college has seen an increase in positive tests recently among faculty and staff, is concerned with the newest variant, omicron, and we are moving into the winter months when many folks spend a much greater time indoors with others. Mandating vaccination is a vital tool to reduce the presence and severity of COVID-19 cases in the workplace and in communities, thereby safeguarding the health of our employees and community members from the hazard of COVID-19.
Employees must provide proof of vaccination by January 10, 2022. If not vaccinated by then, employees must be fully vaccinated no later than February 10, 2022, and provide proof thereof by then.
So long as you have provided the required documentation proving vaccination, to Human Resources, you do not need to do so again. If you don’t remember reporting the information, you can submit it here.
All such results will be maintained in accordance with applicable laws and policies on confidentiality and privacy. Results will not be placed in any employee’s personnel file.
Time Off and Leave for COVID-19
Yes, the college will provide up to 4 hours of time to get the vaccine during regular business hours.
No, you do not have to use your sick days. The college will provide up to two days of paid time off. Should you require more days, work with human resources and your supervisor.
You must provide proof of one of the following prior to return to work:
If the initial positive result was from a COVID-19 antigen test, the employee can choose to seek a COVID-19 nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) and can return to work by providing a negative NAAT result. The common PCR test is one type of NAAT, but a particular health care provider may use another test or type of PCR test. The test sample must be supervised or taken by a healthcare professional.
The employee meets the return-to-work criteria in CDC’s “Isolation Guidance”, which at the time of the creation of the Vaccination Policy is as follows:
Asymptomatic employees may return to work once 10 days have passed since the positive test.
Symptomatic employees may return to work after all the following are true:
At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and
At least 24 hours have passed with no fever without fever-reducing medication, and
Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving (loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months and need not delay the end of isolation).
Employees who develop more severe symptoms should contact their supervisor and Human Resources and such instances will be handled under our normal leave policies.
Under the Vaccination Policy, all employees that are not fully vaccinated and reporting to the workplace at lease once every seven days
must be tested for COVID-19 at least once every seven days; and
must provide documentation of the most recent COVID-19 test result to Human Resources no later than the seventh day following the date on which the employee last provided a test result.
Any employee who does not report to the workplace during a period of seven or more days (e.g., if they were teleworking for two weeks prior to reporting to the workplace):
must be tested for COVID-19 within seven days prior to returning to the workplace; and
must provide documentation of that test result to Human Resources upon return to the workplace.
No, the College is offering testing for its employees at no charge.
Yes, all employees that are not fully vaccinated must wear a “face covering” which refer to what most call masks. Face coverings must:
completely cover the nose and mouth;
be made with two or more layers of a breathable fabric that is tightly woven (i.e., fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source);
be secured to the head with ties, ear loops, elastic bands that go behind the head. If gaiters are worn, they should have two layers of fabric or be folded to make two layers;
fit snugly over the nose, mouth, and chin with no large gaps on the outside of the face; and (v) be a solid piece of material without slits, exhalation valves, visible holes, punctures, or other openings.
Face coverings that cover the nose and mouth must be worn when indoors and when occupying a vehicle with another person for work purposes.
Yes, the following are exceptions to the requirements for face coverings:
When an employee is alone in a room with floor to ceiling walls and a closed door.
For a limited time, while an employee is eating or drinking at the workplace or for identification purposes in compliance with safety and security requirements.
When an employee is wearing a respirator or facemask.
Where Ursinus has determined that the use of face coverings is infeasible or creates a greater hazard (e.g., when it is important to see the employee’s mouth for reasons related to their job duties, when the work requires the use of the employee’s uncovered mouth, or when the use of a face covering presents a risk of serious injury or death to the employee).