Faculty/Staff: Vaccination Requirements for Return to Campus

Dear Faculty, Librarians, and Staff:

We write to you today as a follow up to the April 30 communication from the university. With our intent to have a mostly in-person fall semester, the University of San Francisco will require all undergraduate and graduate students, as well as all faculty and staff employees, to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 for fall 2021. The requirement will go into effect at the start of the fall semester on Aug. 24.

We know that many USF employees are already fully vaccinated, and others are in the process of completing their doses. Vaccination of everyone who works at USF is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 and the return to regular, in-person experiences on our campuses.  

The university encourages all faculty, librarians, and staff who do not have a need for a medical, religious, or personal exemption to get vaccinated as soon as possible. 

As a reminder, if you have not yet done so, all faculty and staff should:

  1. Schedule their first vaccination appointment as soon as possible.
  2. Make a plan for the second dose at the same time.
  3. Protect and duplicate vaccine documentation cards.

Here are resources for securing a vaccination appointment in the United States:

  • Visit VaccineFinder.org to find vaccination providers near you. In some states, information may be limited while more vaccination providers and pharmacies are being added. 
  • Check your local pharmacy’s website to see if vaccination appointments are available. Find out which pharmacies are participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program
  • Contact your state health department to find additional vaccination locations in your area.

Future communications

The university is engaging in discussions with the various unions on how this policy will be implemented. Those details will be communicated to faculty, librarians, and staff members, along with specific information and requirements to ensure the highest level of safety to our students, employees, visitors, and all members of the USF community.

USF Together has all of this information in one place. This central site will continue to be updated throughout the summer.

Thank you for your attention to this very important matter. Your health, safety, and well-being are our highest priorities. We are looking forward to our students, faculty, and staff being together again as we begin a new academic year.


Tyrone H. Cannon
Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Diane Nelson
Assistant Vice President of Human Resources