Updates and Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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COVID-19 Vaccines

The university strongly recommends that all students be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccines are safe, effective, and free. Being fully vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and gives you the best chance for a full college experience.

COVID-19 Vaccines are readily available throughout the community, both on-campus and off-campus. Vaccines are available Monday through Friday at the Student Health Center pharmacy. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are also accepted based on vaccine availability. Moderna is offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and Johnson & Johnson is offered on Tuesday and Thursday. Pfizer is not available at the Student Health Center. If you prefer Pfizer or pharmacy hours are not convenient for you, you can find vaccine appointments with community providers at vaccines.gov.

The following information pertains to COVID-19 Vaccines and obtaining a booster dose, an additional dose in those who are moderately or severely immunocompromised, and a primary vaccine series for those not yet immunized.


***COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters***

COVID-19 boosters are now available at the Student Health Center.

The COVID-19 vaccine booster dose does not have to be the same vaccine received with the primary series. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. More information on the CDC’s recommendation for a booster dose is by clicking on the pictograph on this CDC link.

As the Pfizer vaccine is not available through the SHC Vaccine Clinics or Pharmacy, those desiring a Pfizer vaccine booster dose may do so through an off-campus vaccine provider. See Off-campus COVID-19 Vaccine Access below.

Prior Moderna and Pfizer Vaccine Recipients

All individuals who received an mRNA vaccine are eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot 6 months or more after they complete the second dose of their initial series. For individuals age 50 or older and those living in long-term care settings, boosters are CDC-recommended.

Prior Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) Vaccine Recipients

All individuals who received Johnson & Johnson/Janssen’s viral vector vaccine are recommended to get a COVID-19 booster 2 months after their initial J&J dose.

Prior Other International Vaccine Recipients

For persons vaccinated outside the U.S. with a non-FDA COVID-19 vaccine (vaccines other than Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J), the CDC does not have booster recommendations. Therefore, at this time, the SHC may only provide COVID-19 vaccine booster doses to individuals who have received a prior Pfizer, Moderna, or J&J vaccine primary series who meet vaccine booster dose eligibility requirements as noted above.


***Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Dose for Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised***

COVID-19 vaccine provided through the SHC is allocated by the Tennessee Department of Health (TDOH) and will be administered in accordance with CDC/TDOH guidance.

Prior Moderna Vaccine Recipients

Current CDC and TDOH guidance, advises moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals who received the Moderna vaccine for their initial two-dose vaccine series to receive an additional Moderna vaccine dose.

This additional Moderna dose may be scheduled on-campus through our COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics or Pharmacy. See On-campus COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics below.

Prior Pfizer Vaccine Recipients

Current CDC and TDOH guidance, advises moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals who received the Pfizer vaccine for their initial two-dose vaccine series to receive an additional Pfizer vaccine dose.

As the Pfizer vaccine is not available through the SHC Vaccine Clinics or Pharmacy, those who received the Pfizer vaccine for their initial two-dose vaccine series should receive their additional dose through an off-campus vaccine provider. See Off-campus COVID-19 Vaccine Access below.


On-campus COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics:

An appointment for the COVID-19 Vaccine on-campus may be scheduled here:

UT Campus Vaccine Clinics

You cannot schedule an on-campus COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the SHC Appointment Line nor the SHC Patient Portal. Please do not contact the SHC to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

For information about the UT Campus vaccine clinic location, directions, and parking, carefully read the information available at the above link. Call 865-974-1000 for assistance with existing appointments or details about the vaccination location for which you have an appointment. The operators CANNOT assist with new appointments or provide information about future clinics.

On-campus COVID-19 Vaccine Availability and Scheduling:

Moderna Vaccine

The Student Health Center will continue to serve as a distribution site for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The Moderna vaccine is a two-dose vaccine separated by 28 days. Two doses of this vaccine are required in order to be considered fully vaccinated. An additional third dose has been approved for moderately or severely immunocompromised who received the Moderna vaccine for their initial two-dose series and a booster dose is also available to qualifying individuals as noted above.

Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) Vaccine

The Student Health Center will continue to serve as a distribution site for the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine. The Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine is a single-dose vaccine. Recipients are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the shot. According to the FDA and CDC, women younger than 50 years old should be aware of the rare risk of blood clots with low platelets after receiving this vaccine. Other COVID-19 vaccines are available where this risk has not been seen.

People who have received the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine who develop a severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.

If you have questions regarding the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine or its risks, please speak with a health care provider before receiving the vaccine.

A booster dose is also available to qualifying individuals as noted above.

Scheduling

The University will publicly post information about our on-campus vaccination opportunities. This information will be posted at the university’s COVID website as well as through UT publications such as Tennessee Today and Vol Update. Information regarding these opportunities will include sign-up links.

Vaccine appointments will not be available for scheduling through the SHC Appointment Line nor the SHC Patient Portal. Please do not contact the SHC to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

Vaccine sites will also be available through other community resources as well as the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) or local retail outlets.


Off-campus COVID-19 Vaccine Access:

If the date and time of the on-campus vaccine clinics do not fit with your schedule, you may find additional off-campus vaccination opportunities here:

the State of Tennessee Vaccine Locator Tool.

With this tool, you can find locations in Knox County, and across the state, where the vaccines are being administered and schedule an appointment to receive yours.

Student Health Center
Division of Student Life

1800 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37996-3102
Phone: 865-974-3135