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.
Move-in vaccination shuttles
The university will offer students and their families free COVID-19 vaccinations and shuttles to the Student Health Center during move-in. Doses of the two-dose Moderna vaccine will be available in the morning, and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine will be available in the afternoon. The university offers vaccination appointments to those age 18 and older. View the schedule and sign up for an appointment.
Walk-ins will also be accepted. Shuttle stops will be conveniently located outside each residence hall and will be clearly marked. Shuttles will run each day
throughout the times that vaccines are available.
On-campus COVID-19 Vaccine Availability and Scheduling:
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.
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.
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.