Published on January 26, 2021  

Fellow Employees… Welcome back for the spring semester. As in the fall, I will be writing to you on a regular basis with COVID-19 updates.

Several of you have inquired about opportunities to gain access to COVID-19 vaccinations.  Samford University does not have and most likely will not be provided with a dedicated supply of vaccines.  Working with various PODs (Points of Dispensing), the university is aggressively pursuing vaccination opportunities for our employees and students with interest in being vaccinated following the guidelines issued by Alabama Department of Public Health  (ADPH).  In the meantime, we encourage everyone to register personally for the COVID-19 vaccination.  In the current environment, this may be the quickest path for those desiring vaccination.  The Alabama COVID-19 Vaccination Allocation Plan illustrates priorities for the administration of vaccinations in our state.  Jefferson County has launched an online registration form for county residents to sign up to be notified when they are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.  For additional information, you may want to visit or call the Jefferson County COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 205-858-2221.  For those not residing in Jefferson County, you may wish to contact your county’s public health department.  Alabama Department of Public Health also has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline to address questions related to COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the state (1-855-566-5333). We will continue to keep you apprised of any new developments related to COVID-19 vaccine availability.

Please note that Samford University encourages your consideration for but does not require vaccinations for COVID-19.  There may be programs managed in cooperation with others for which a third party may require vaccination for participation.  You should consult your own health care provider for counsel about whether COVID-19 vaccination is right for you.

Our colleagues in Facilities Management and Creative Services offices continue their work to ensure all indoor and outdoor spaces on campus are equipped with appropriate COVID-19-related signage and messaging.  Please do not design or install your own signage. If you have any signage needs that have not been addressed, please contact our colleagues Sarah Howard or Allison Brymer.

As always, your best and most immediate source of information will be found at the university’s coronavirus website and the Spring Guide for Returning to Campus which are updated regularly. If you have any questions, please contact

We appreciate your continued partnership as we seek to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our campus.  Thank you all for what you are doing and especially for the ways you are doing it.  Remember—Mask.Wash.Distance.Report!  Take care…. Buck Brock

Harry B. Brock III (Buck)
Executive Vice President
Samford University

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