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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution: What You Need to Know

The rollout of vaccines promises a brighter future and an end to the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s also a historic effort unprecedented in its scope and complexity.

Vaccine distribution is managed by each state, and in Tennessee, the state’s plan is coordinated by the Tennessee Department of Health in cooperation with each county health department.

Information for Vanderbilt University Community Members

Vanderbilt University is not a distribution site for the vaccine. At present, we are not eligible to become a distribution site because we are not a health care organization.

Therefore, we encourage members of the Vanderbilt University community to consult your home county’s guidance for vaccine availability in your area.

We strongly urge you to get the vaccine – not just to protect yourself, but to help achieve a broad level of immunity in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. We strongly urge you to explore every option available, including the local health department and other community providers, to get vaccinated. As announced on April 2, VUMC will offer vaccination appointments for VU students.

Vaccinations at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Following guidelines established by the Tennessee Department of Health (TDOH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, VUMC is administering COVID-19 vaccine to all Tennesseans ages 16+.

Information for Vaccinated Individuals

As the rollout of vaccines continues, we will likely see more members of the Vanderbilt University community become vaccinated through differing state, county and city eligibility phases around the country.

While the vaccine provides a measure of protection, including reducing the symptoms and severity of illness, for those vaccinated, questions remain about whether vaccinated individuals can still spread the virus.

Therefore, all members of the Vanderbilt community, including those who have been vaccinated, must continue to follow the university’s COVID-19 safety protocols, including physical distancing and wearing a mask.

Submit Your Vaccination Record

Vanderbilt students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and staff can now submit their vaccination records to the Public Health Command Center using a password-protected, self-service portal. These records will be maintained and treated as confidential by the command center. We strongly encourage members of the Vanderbilt community to submit their vaccine records so that we can develop a broad understanding of the vaccine status of our community. This information, in conjunction with CDC and public health guidance from VUMC, will inform decision-making about campus protocols. 

Click on the vaccine tracker/submission form. (You will be asked to upload a copy of your vaccination card.) 

The Path Forward

We will continue to adapt our response to the current, dynamic reality of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As 2021 progresses, we will continue to see the rollout of additional vaccines. This is an unprecedented achievement in the history of medicine, and is one in which scientists and clinicians at Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center played leading roles, underscoring the power of our collaborative culture, our relentless pursuit of innovation and our mission to be of service to the community and society at large.

We should all be proud that Vanderbilt has contributed to finding a light at the end of this pandemic tunnel.

At the same time, we must all be patient as priority populations, including the most vulnerable among us, receive the vaccine.

Be assured we will provide relevant updates to the Vanderbilt University community as developments occur.

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