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 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.
Although it is anticipated that the vaccine supply will increase substantially in 2021, it currently remains limited. Ultimately, the goal is for everyone to be able to easily get a COVID-19 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. We encourage you, in the meantime, to continue taking steps to protect yourself from COVID-19.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Your decision to receive or reject the vaccine should be based on reliable information. We encourage you to seek answers to your questions regarding the vaccine from sources such as your healthcare provider or the CDC. The CDC has posted answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccines on their website which can be accessed here.
State of Tennessee Vaccine Plan and Eligibility
In accordance with Tennessee’s plan for vaccine distribution and administration, the Student Health Center is working with the Knox County Health Department (KCHD), the TDOH, and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) in facilitating access to COVID-19 vaccine to university faculty, staff, and students who are within phases currently approved for vaccination in Knox County. You may determine the vaccine phase for which you are eligible here.
COVID-19 Vaccination Scheduling:
Scheduling Your Initial Dose in Knox County
As no on-campus vaccine events are scheduled at this time, university students, faculty, and staff meeting current vaccine eligibility phase requirements may schedule an appointment for initial vaccination at one of Knox County’s vaccination events. When the SHC learns more about our ability to receive and administer the vaccine on campus, we will post that information on this page.
Scheduling Your Second Dose in Knox County
The TDOH and KCHD have noted that all individuals who have received their initial dose through the health department will be personally contacted to arrange their second dose. Additionally, two days prior to their scheduled second dose, they will receive a personal reminder.