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Student Affairs Comms E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

March 5, 2021

Good evening students,

As you may be aware, the Nashville Metro Public Health Department will move forward to Phase 1c in COVID-19 vaccine scheduling on Monday, March 8. This phase includes individuals 16 years old and older who meet certain high-risk medical conditions.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, following guidelines established by the Tennessee Department of Health and in coordination with the city’s health department, will begin vaccinating patients who meet these criteria, including those who have been seen at the Student Health Center in the past three years.

If you have been seen at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) or Student Health in the past three years and meet the high-risk condition criteria, you will receive a system generated My Health At Vanderbilt (MHAV) message with instructions on how to schedule your vaccine. If you do not have a MHAV account established, please visit MyHealthAtVanderbilt.com and create an account. It is also helpful to download the MHAV mobile app and enable notifications. Schedule invitations are determined by VUMC and based on vaccine supply and a centralized risk stratification process. Vaccine eligibility is determined by VUMC, not Vanderbilt University or Student Health Services. 

If you have NOT been seen at VUMC or Student Health in the past three years AND have one of the high-risk medical conditions, please contact Student Health at studenthealth@vumc.org for further evaluation. Once your information has been reviewed, you will be notified if you have met scheduling criteria and will receive additional information. Please note, you may be asked to provide additional medical information to ensure eligibility at this time. All information will be kept confidential.

When you are eligible to receive the vaccine, we strongly urge you to explore every option available, including the local health department and other community providers, to get it – not just to protect yourself, but to help achieve a broad level of immunity in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19.

High-risk medical conditions:

  • Chronic Renal Disease
  • COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, or moderate-severe asthma
  • Obesity (BMI ≥30)
  • Heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, hypertension
  • Sickle Cell, thalassemia
  • Cerebrovascular disease, stroke
  • Liver disease
  • Currently pregnant
  • Immunocompromised conditions such as receiving chemotherapy, taking daily steroids or other immunosuppressants, those with HIV/AIDS or other diagnosed high-risk immunodeficiency
  • Diabetes requiring medication
  • Congenital heart disease

For more information, please visit the following vaccination resource sites:

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