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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution: What You Need to Know

Dec. 30, 2021 update: If you have not yet obtained your booster shot and are eligible, we strongly encourage you to do so as soon as possible and to register it online. Full vaccination plus the booster is the best protection against COVID-19, and the reported information significantly informs our plans. Those who register their boosters will be exempt from quarantine in accordance with new CDC guidelines and subject to fewer testing requirements.

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

Information for Vanderbilt University Community Members

Vaccinations are required for students, faculty, staff and postdocs for the 2021-22 academic year. 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. 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 Johnson and Johnson and Pfizer vaccines, including making appointments available to all students. Students are encouraged to call Student Health at 615-322-2427 to schedule an appointment. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

Faculty, staff, and post-docs who meet eligibility requirements can receive the Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot at the Occupational Health Clinic located in the Medical Arts Building, 6th Floor on Monday-Friday, 7:30 am-4:00 pm. Walk-in services are available; no appointment is needed. OHC also has a limited number of Johnson & Johnson booster shots available for faculty, staff, and post-docs. Pfizer booster shots are available to those who meet eligibility requirements regardless of the which of the three vaccines you received for your primary series.

Faculty, staff and post-docs can also utilize the patient scheduling processes.  Those who are VUMC patients can schedule Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccines through My Health at Vanderbilt  Faculty, staff and post-docs who are not VUMC patients can schedule through VUMC Vax, an on-line scheduling tool.  For more information see .

Students who are eligible for boosters can receive them from the Student Health Center. The Student Health Center offers the Pfizer vaccine. You can visit the Student Health Center website for more information or call 615-322-2427 to schedule an appointment.

You can also check with your medical provider for assistance in finding locations that may be able to accommodate the vaccine manufacturer you need. You can also utilize to find convenient locations that meet your needs.

See if you are eligible for a booster at the CDC’s website.

Those who have received the booster should submit their record to the Public Health Command Center using the COVID-19 vaccine portal.

Vaccination Requirement

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 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.

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 

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. 

Submit Your Vaccination Record

Vanderbilt students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and staff must 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. 

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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