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.


***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.

Prior Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Vaccine Recipients

Currently, the CDC and TDOH are not advising moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine for their initial one-dose vaccine series to receive an additional vaccine dose.


***COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters***

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 and Johson & Johnson Vaccine Recipients

The CDC and TDOH have not approved the current administration of booster doses for the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The administration of booster doses for these vaccines, however, is anticipated. Information regarding the availability of these booster doses, both on and off-campus, will be posted here as applicable.

Prior Pfizer Vaccine Recipients

Only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for booster dosing at this time. Pfizer booster doses should be received at least 6 months after the Pfizer primary series was given and is currently limited to people aged:

• 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings
• 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions
• 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions based on their individual benefits and risks, and
• 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of an occupational or institutional setting.

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 booster 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 University of Tennessee 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.

Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) Vaccine

Johnson & Johnson’s 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’s Janssen vaccine or its risks, please speak with a health care provider before receiving the vaccine.

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