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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.

COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be  safe and effective  at preventing infection by the virus, and experts believe getting the vaccine prevents serious illness and reduces potential transmission to others even if you do get infected. The rapid development and expansion of the vaccine 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. This underscores the power of our university’s relentless pursuit of innovation and our mission to be of service to our community.   

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. If you have additional questions after reviewing this webpage, email covid-questions@vanderbilt.edu.

Information for Vanderbilt University Community Members

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.

Faculty, staff and postdocs can visit Occupational Health walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics during designated times/days to receive the Pfizer vaccine.  Appointments are no longer required.  More details can be found on the Occupational Health website. 

In partnership with VUMC, the university has worked to offer students opportunities to receive the vaccine, including making appointments available to all students beginning in mid-April. The Student Health Center has also announced that it will offer the  Johnson & Johnson  vaccine beginning Monday, May 24, by appointment only. Students are encouraged to call Student Health at 615-322-2427 to schedule an appointment. 

Vaccination Requirement for Fall 2021

To keep the VU community as safe as possible and help ensure the ability to continue to conduct in-person teaching and learning,  all new and returning students will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the 2021–22 academic year. Additionally, the university will require all Vanderbilt University-employed faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the 202122 academic school year.  

Students

Students must submit their vaccination record through the university’s vaccine tracker submission form, including those who received their vaccine from Student Health, VUMC or a VUMC clinic, no later than Friday, August 6.

Students can request accommodations for medical exemptions through the Student Access office and religious exemptions through the Equal Opportunity and Access office.

Faculty, staff and postdocs

All full-time and part-time Vanderbilt University-employed faculty, Vanderbilt University-employed staff (full time, part time, flex and temporary) and all VU-employed postdocs are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the 2021–22 academic school year. All faculty, including those who received their vaccine from Occupational Health, VUMC or a VUMC clinic, must submit their vaccination record using the vaccine tracker submission form by July 31.  

Faculty who seek an exemption from the vaccination requirement as a medical or religious accommodation must submit a request for accommodation to the Equal Opportunity and Access office as soon as possible. 

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.

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.

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

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