We are aware of recent reports that the use of the Johnson and Johnson Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine in the US will be temporarily paused.
The Student Health Center is therefore pausing the use of J&J and exploring our options for the use of other vaccines as a replacement at currently scheduled events.
Additional information will be forthcoming.
***Those scheduled for Moderna second doses at the Student Union today and at the SHC on Wednesday , 14 April and Thursday, 15 April, should still plan to keep their appointments.***
Additional options for vaccination: The supply of COVID-19 vaccines remains limited, and a variety of distributors are providing vaccinations in our area. If appointments are full on the link above, the State of Tennessee has a vaccine locator tool where those in eligible phases can find locations administering the vaccine in their county and make an appointment.Check the state vaccine locator tool.
For information about the UT Campus vaccine clinic location, directions, and parking, carefully read the information available on the above link. Campus operators can provide additional assistance at 865-974-1000. Campus operators cannot set appointments.
***Official copies of test results can be downloaded directly from LabCorp (Student Health Insurance Only), or PathGroup if you have insurance other than Student Health. After you create an account through the appropriate portal above you will have downloadable access to any COVID test you’ve had performed at the Health Center.***
Exceptions to On-Campus Saliva Pool Collections
- Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days are not required to participate. Your test must have been a PCR or antigen test, the only tests considered diagnostic by the CDC. If your test was for antibodies, you need to participate in saliva testing if required. If you completed a university COVID-19 self-isolation form, you are already in the university’s system as having tested positive and do not need to take any action.
- CDC: For persons previously diagnosed with symptomatic COVID-19 who remain asymptomatic after recovery, retesting is not recommended within 3 months after the date of symptom onset for the initial COVID-19 infection.
- If you’ve tested positive in the past 90 days and have not filled out a self isolation form, navigate to https://covidform.utk.edu, mark “prior positive”, and upload your results to be considered exempt from saliva pool participation.
- Because student-athletes already participate in regular testing through their involvement in athletics, they are exempt from community saliva testing.
- If you require a negative test for travel purposes, please schedule a COVID test at the Health Center through the Patient Portal. Saliva testing is not considered by the FDA to be proof of a negative COVID antigen test required by some travel industries and destinations.
Online scheduling through the Portal is currently available only for asymptomatic COVID testing. To avoid spreading infection, symptomatic students cannot be tested in the area reserved for students without symptoms and must speak with a telephone triage nurse to schedule an appointment.
All other appointments must scheduled by calling the Telephone Triage Nurse at 865-974-5080. Drop-in or walk-in assessments are not permitted at this time. Visits to the Student Health Center are by appointment only.
Depending on the severity of your health concern, the Telephone Triage Nurse may advise you to be seen through the UT Medical Center Emergency Room.
***Weekend COVID testing is reserved ONLY for students who’ve been notified they were in a positive saliva pool or if you’re experiencing symptoms and have scheduled an appointment with the Telephone Triage Nurse to see a provider.***
During the COVID19 pandemic, you are required to upload a front and back copy of your insurance card using the upload tab in the Patient Portal. All paperwork is now done electronically and must be filled via the Patient Portal prior to each visit to the Student Health Center.
EverlyWell COVID19 Self-Testing Kits
If you have recently participated in campus saliva testing, wait at least 3-4 days before requesting an Everlywell COVID19 at home self-testing kit from the Health Center. If saliva testing indicates you require a follow-up nasal swab test, you will be contacted by a Health Center representative to schedule testing to be performed by Health Center staff. If you have not been contacted by the Health Center for additional testing 3-4 days after providing a saliva sample, you may then pickup a self-testing kit from the Health Center. Kits will be distributed between the hours of 10am-2pm Mon-Fri. Self-testing kits are voluntary, and you must submit a Self-Isolation form and Consent form through the portal prior to picking up your kit.
For more information view the EverlyWell section in the Clinics, Services, and Staff menu tab.
Daily Health Self-Check App
All students, faculty, and staff are required to complete the Daily Health Self-check prior to their arrival on campus each day. For those living on campus, it must be completed before the depart their residence at the start of each day. It is available on the Tennessee App for your phone or by using the button below.
On the Daily Health Self-check, individuals answering any question in the affirmative will be prompted to stay at home and complete the online Self-isolation Form. Submission of the Self-isolation Form prompts multiple actions from Facility Services and the Contact Tracing Team, as well as University Housing or the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life for those residing in on-campus housing.
You must complete the Self-isolation Form anytime you may need to self-isolate.
Caring for All Vols
The Student Health Center believes every person should be able to reach their health potential. Caring for All Vols means addressing the health care needs of every student we encounter, irrespective of their race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, physical ability, or socioeconomic status. We believe that you should be respected and treated as an individual and deserve to be welcomed and receive quality health care.