COVID-19 Bivalent Vaccine Available on Campus
The new COVID-19 bivalent vaccine boosters are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for everyone 12 years old and older who received their last booster at least two months previously. COVID-19 bivalent vaccine clinics will be offered on campus to students and employees from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. in Wilson Hall on these dates:
- Friday, October 7
- Thursday, October 13
- Friday, October 28
Students and employees can sign up for these COVID-19 booster clinics using this Microsoft Bookings link.
Human Resources also is sponsoring employee vaccination clinics that will offer both the flu vaccine and the COVID-19 bivalent booster. These clinics are offered in partnership with Middlebury Regional EMS and Addison County on the following dates, at times and locations:
- Tuesday, October 18, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Mitchell Green
- Thursday, October 20, from noon to 3 p.m. in the Abernethy Room, Axinn Center
- Monday, October 24, from 10 a.m to 1 p.m., McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Great Hall
- Wednesday, October 26, from 10 am to 1:30 p.m., Abernethy Room, Axinn Center
Students and employees can sign up using this link.
To inform the ongoing development and evaluation of The Partner Inclusion Program, we need your input! Please complete this confidential, very brief questionnaire.
The Partner Inclusion Program provides comprehensive support services to the spouses and partners of Middlebury employees.
Our services include
- Confidential one-on-one career coaching
- Guidance on how to use campus and community resources
- Access to an active network of higher education institutions, businesses, and community organization
- A list of employment opportunities and community resources through a dedicated webpage
How to connect
Contact Susan Edwards, Partner Inclusion Specialist
or to book an appointment, click HERE
Read this guide prepared by Health Educator, Karly Beavers, for information on Monkeypox and campus resources to recommend to students if needed.
Monkeypox Briefing: Information to Guide Discussions with Students
How is it spread?
Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection from the Monkeypox virus, and is spread through skin to skin contact with sores, scabs, bodily fluids and respiratory droplets. It can also be spread by touching materials used by a person with the virus that haven’t been cleaned, such as bedding and clothing.
Monkeypox is not considered a sexually transmitted infection, though many cases have been transmitted sexually. Anyone can get monkeypox.
Most common symptoms:
- A rash (can look like pimples, blisters, lesions or sores)
- Muscle aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
How can I help reduce stigma with Monkeypox?
Stigma can discourage people from seeking medical attention or make them more likely to hide symptoms or illness. While Monkeypox is currently disproportionately affecting men who have sex with men, anyone – regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity – can be susceptible to the Monkeypox virus. To reduce stigma, stay focused on evidence-based facts about the virus (listed on this sheet) and correct misinformation or negative language about how the virus spreads.
Harm reduction strategies to reduce risk:
- Avoid gatherings involving prolonged skin-to-skin contact with others
- Wear a mask
- Utilize proper hand hygiene by washing your hands and using hand sanitizer
- Monitor your health – stay home if you aren’t feeling well
- Avoid sharing clothing or bedding with others
What if someone thinks they have Monkeypox, or has been exposed?
Students can contact Health Services at 802-443-3290 if they have concerns about symptoms, a potential exposure, or want to know more about PrEP for Monkeypox.
How can I respond to a concerned student?
Respond with empathy while staying focused on the facts. Here are some examples of talking points you can use.
“I’m too afraid to talk to my classmates. I heard Monkeypox is spread through respiratory droplets.”
Example answer: It is true that Monkeypox can be spread through respiratory droplets, but that’s typically going to be with close face-to-face contact for long periods of time. A quick hello to your peers isn’t a big risk. If you’re still worried, let’s find a mask that you can wear.
“I have a bump and I can’t tell if it’s an ingrown hair, a zit, or Monkeypox and I’m freaking out!”
Example answer: Monkeypox can include symptoms of a rash that turn into lesions or bumps, but like you said, it could be lots of other things too. Call Health Services on campus or utilize TimelyCare’s telehealth option to speak to a medical professional and ease your concern.
“Oh, great. It’s the new COVID-19. Just what we need, another pandemic.”
Example answer: I hear your sarcasm and pandemic fatigue, and I agree that we’re all pretty tired! The good news is that Monkeypox isn’t another pandemic, case trends in the U.S. remain contained. Another great thing we’ve learned from COVID-19 is all of the prevention strategies we can use by continuing to social distance, wear a mask, and wash our hands.
Where should I direct a student who wants to know more?
The CDC website has the latest information on outbreak data, prevention strategies and treatment. The CDC website also has specific sections for reducing risk with safer sex and social gatherings, and congregate living settings such as residence halls.
On campus, students can contact Health Services at 802-443-3290 or use TimelyCare’s telehealth services if they have concerns about symptoms or a potential exposure. They can also contact the Health & Wellness Education office to talk through strategies on individual risk reduction, or contact Counseling services for support related to Monkeypox or other concerns.
We know that students may need health-related support at all hours of the day and so in addition to our on-campus services, the Center for Health and Wellness also offers telehealth services through TimelyCare 24/7/365.
Returning students and employees will recognize the former name MiddTelehealth which launched in 2020. TimelyCare has found that students at colleges and universities that use other names and branding to match their campuses take more “clicks” to get to the services when they are searching. We don’t want to create or reinforce any barriers or delays to students’ access to healthcare and so we are changing the name of the services on the website, posters, and giveaways to match the name of the platform where students access the services.
Students will not experience any changes in how they access TimelyCare services and will continue to have no-cost, 24/7/365 access to:
- MedicalNow – 24/7, on-demand medical care
- TalkNow – 24/7, on-demand emotional support
- Scheduled Counseling – Select the day, time, and provider
- Scheduled Medical – Select the day, time, and provider
- Health Coaching – Support for developing and using health skills
- Self-Care Content – Asynchronous yoga and meditation sessions, and synchronous group conversations with providers on a variety of health and well-being topics
Employees will also continue to be able to access the TimelyCare customer assistance line at 833-484-6359 24/7/365 for consultation when they are worried about a student.
Please encourage students you are connected with to set up their TimelyCare profile so that when they need care, they can access it quickly. The average wait time for TalkNow is 4 minutes and the average wait time for MedicalNow is 8 minutes. Students can visit go/TimelyCare to log in on a browser or download the TimelyCare app and sign in using their MIddlebury single sign-on (SSO) credentials. After answering short health history questions and confirming their name and birthdate, their profile is complete.
After receiving services with a TimelyCare provider, a summary of a student’s visit is available to them on the app/in their profile and a copy is sent to the Center for Health and Wellness to be included in their holistic electronic health record.
Troubleshooting support for students and employees is available from TimelyCare by emailing email@example.com, calling the customer assistance line at 833-484-6359, or using the online chat function at go/TimelyCare. Feedback about your experience(s) with TimelyCare can be shared with Barbara McCall, Executive Director of the Center for Health and Wellness at firstname.lastname@example.org for follow-up.
Have questions you’d like answered by staff from the Center for Health and Wellness and TimelyCare? Join us on Zoom for open sessions:
The New England Review (NER) is hosting a poetry reading group for faculty and staff this fall. Join them to discuss US Poet Laureate Ada Limón’s book The Hurting Kind. Those who sign up will receive a copy of the book. The group will meet on three Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 pm in the CTLR Suite (Lib 225) on 9/29, 10/27, and 11/10. Come to one session or all three. You are welcome to bring your lunch. The CTLR will provide coffee/tea. To sign up or for questions email Leslie Sainz. Books will be available for pickup in the CTLR.