Samford’s health protocols are informed by national, state and local guidelines and adhere to all local health directives. The university is following CDC guidance for vaccinated persons by suspending obligations for masking, sentinel testing and quarantining. Those who voluntarily choose to provide verification of vaccination will : (i) be suspended from random sentinel requirements; (ii) face reduced or eliminated isolation and quarantine requirements; and (iii) not need to maintain distancing from other persons.

Unvaccinated and unverified individuals must adhere to the following protocols:

  • Quarantine for ten days if exposed to a COVID-positive person;
  • Participation in the university’s ongoing program of random sentinel testing;
  • If living in a residential hall, arranging for off-campus living arrangements for the duration of the ten-day quarantine period resulting from exposure to a COVID-positive person;
  • Using face coverings inside campus buildings and when proper distancing is not possible.

All students and employees are required to identify their vaccination status by completing the Vaccination Response Form before the start of the Fall 2021 semester. Having an accurate picture of the vaccination rates across the campus community will help Samford to evaluate and put forth measured policies in response to any surge in COVID-19 cases. Your response will be confidential, and the form provides an option not to disclose one’s vaccination status.

Why You Should Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

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Vaccines have been recommended by the nation’s top medical experts.

Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccinations under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history.

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Protection for you, your family and the Samford community.

By getting vaccinated, you can protect yourself as well as others in our Samford community.

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Vaccines are free and widely available.

You can easily get the vaccine for free before returning to campus for the fall semester. Visit for vaccination providers near you.

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They're the best way for us all to have regular operations on campus this year!

Getting our community vaccinated as quickly as possible will allow us to enjoy regular operations across our campus.