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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is managing the county’s COVID-19 phased vaccination process by priority groups and tiers. They are prioritizing front-line workers who are currently working on-site on a regular basis and have requested that the College submit a list of employees who are currently required to work on-site and may be interested in being placed on a priority list to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  

The county DHHS has requested that these employees be prioritized based on the amount of time spent on campus, their job responsibilities, and the amount of face-to-face interactions they have with students, other faculty/staff, or contractors.  

The College has employee’s appropriate tier (i.e., I or II) for vaccine prioritization outlined below.  Category selection should be based solely on work responsibilities and where the work is being conducted. If an employee meets at least one of the requirements listed for Tier I, they should be classified as such. The same should be followed for Tier II.  

Tier I

  • Reports on campus on a regular basis
  • On-site performance of job responsibilities (e.g., public safety, facilities, teaching, lab support)
  • Face-to-face interactions with students/faculty/staff/contractors on a regular basis or the potential for face-to-face interactions is high.

Tier II

  • Reports to campus on an as-needed basis
  • On average, schedule is limited to two days per week or less
  • Face-to-face interaction is on a limited basis. Duties can be performed with minimal interaction with others.

Please note the following:

  • The purpose of this list is for employees to sign up to receive the vaccine if they choose to receive the vaccine. 
  • Vaccination is not a mandatory condition of employment. Employees may refuse the vaccine.  
  • Placing an employee’s name on this list does not guarantee them a vaccine within a specific time period. 
  • The College is not distributing the vaccines, but merely responding to this request from the county for information. 
  • Employees whose names are on the list will be given priority in county distribution. 
  • All employees, whether they are placed on the list or not, should feel free to pursue vaccine registrations independently. 
  • Being placed on the list does not preclude registering for the vaccine through other venues; employees on the list should feel free to pursue other options for vaccination because supplies are limited.  
FAQs

Answers to questions about COVID-19 vaccinations for College employees.

Employees were placed on the list based on the duties of their position.  Employees in Tier I have front line job responsibilities and face to face interactions with students/faculty/staff/contractors on a regular basis. Employees in Tier II – Report to campus on an as needed basis, their schedule is limited to two days per week or less on campus and face to face interaction is limited or infrequent.

The College itself is not distributing the vaccine, but merely responding to this request for information from the county.

If your job duties do not indicate you fall under Tier I or Tier II at the present time your name would not be on the list.

The county has asked the College to provide them with a list of employees that need to be on campus or on site based on their job responsibilities. You may qualify to receive the vaccine from the county because of your health condition and should feel free to pursue vaccine registration independently.

Employees on this list are not committed to a vaccine appointment, nor are they required to take the vaccine.  The College will not be notified of the employee’s decision to accept or decline the vaccine.

The vaccine is not mandatory.  Employees may refuse the vaccine.

Your supervisor will not be notified if you decline the vaccine.

Information pertaining to who received and who declined the vaccine will not be shared or solicited by the College.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionnew window the answer is Yes.  You should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection. Please visit the CDCnew window website for additional information on this subject.  

The county has requested that the College submit a list of front line and essential workers who should be placed on a priority list to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. There is no guarantee that everyone on the list will receive the vaccine. The county will notify the employees on the list when the doses of vaccine are available to the employees on the list.

The vaccine is not mandatory as a condition of employment at the College.  Employees may refuse the vaccine.

If you are ill an unable to work you would report sick or annual leave for the period of time you are unable to work.

Yes, as long as you have proof you work in Montgomery County and fall under the appropriate category.

Yes, the College will aid with any requested documentation your home county is asking for.  Send your request to the Office of Human Resources and Strategic Talent Development.

This is an evolving list based on your job duties at the College. If your position requires you to perform duties that fall within Tier I or Tier II and the county requests and updated list then your name will be provided to the county.

The county will assess the position to best align with the role and exposure in the education group, if needed, they will prioritize further within the group with comparable positions listed on the general prioritization table.

At this time we are responding to the request from the county.  There is no current set date, but they are actively assessing this. This step is merely a planning mechanism that the county is employing. 

There is no specified time of when notice will be made. Further information and guidance will be coming from the county that the College will share.  The county will provide the official notification regarding appointments and next steps.

Because the county controls any potential updates to the list, a change may or may not be possible. To the extent the College can update the list, if a change in duties necessitates a change in tiers, the College will make efforts to do so.

The majority of Talent Share opportunities are remote and will not qualify for priority vaccination. To the extent that Talent Share duties might meet the criteria for a Tier I/II designation, then those would factor in.

The College received the request from the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, in concert with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.

The county has requested employees be placed on this list based on their job duties only.  Employees that have concerns related to vulnerability may contact Rowena D’Souza.

Supervisors have the final authority to designate work and thus must make the final determination of whether an employee meets Tier I/II criteria. The decision is not appealable.

The vaccine is not mandatory as a condition of employment. Employees may refuse the vaccine.

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