General Vaccine Information
With the COVID-19 global pandemic, we are facing the greatest public health crisis in more than one hundred years. Adherence to appropriate health and safety guidance and widespread vaccination is our best hope of controlling the pandemic and further loss of lives. We at the Student Health Center (SHC) strongly encourage you to receive the vaccine when it is available to you.
The federal government is funding and coordinating the development of multiple vaccine candidates, several of which are in large-scale (Phase 3) trials or have received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is important to note that throughout this process, COVID-19 vaccines are being held to the same safety standards as all other vaccines.
Your decision to accept or reject the vaccine should be based on reliable information. We encourage you to seek answers to your questions regarding the vaccine from trusted sources such as your healthcare provider or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC has posted answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccines on their website.
The vaccine supply will increase substantially in 2021. Ultimately, the goal is for everyone to have ready access to the vaccine as soon as large quantities are available. However, not everyone will be able to get vaccinated right away. It is understandable how concerning it could be for you if you cannot be vaccinated right away. In the meantime, we encourage you, to continue taking steps to protect yourself from COVID-19.
State of Tennessee Vaccine Plan and Eligibility
As outlined in the State of Tennessee’s Vaccine Plan, the Tennessee Department of Health (TDOH), in coordination with regional health experts, has determined the manner in which the vaccine may be distributed and administered.
In accordance with this plan and vaccine availability, the university will now offer the Moderna and/or Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccines at specified vaccine events or clinics on campus.
COVID-19 Vaccination Scheduling:
The University of Tennessee will serve as a distribution site for the Moderna and/or Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccine sites will also be available through other community resources as well as the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) or local retail outlets.
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, and for those who do not have internet access.
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.