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March 23, 2021 – Vaccine eligibility update

Posted by on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 in Community Messages.

Dear Vanderbilt faculty and staff,

Encouraging progress is being made as positive trends related to COVID-19 cases and vaccinations continue.Nashville is moving steadily through vaccine phases and individuals 55 and older are now eligible, along with those in phase 2a and 2b. In addition, Governor Bill Lee announced yesterday all Tennesseans 16 and older will be eligible for a vaccine no later than April 5.

As a member of the Vanderbilt community, you have several options for receiving the vaccine, should you meet current eligibility criteria:

  • You will receive additional information from Occupational Health with options for scheduling your vaccination. All information will be confidential. Note: Active staff, faculty and postdocs do not need to be Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) patients to receive a vaccination through the Occupational Health Clinic.
  • If you have been seen at VUMC and meet the criteria, you will receive a system-generated My Health At Vanderbilt (MHAV) message with instructions on how to schedule your vaccination. If you do not have a MHAV account, please visit and create an account. It is also helpful to download the MHAV mobile app and enable notifications. Scheduled invitations are determined by VUMC and are based on vaccine supply and a centralized risk stratification process.

Vaccine eligibility is dictated by the Tennessee Department of Health. As a vaccination provider, VUMC, not Vanderbilt University, evaluates whether individuals meet the TDOH eligibility criteria.

Although Vanderbilt University is not a vaccine distribution site because we are not a health care center, 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. As a reminder, the COVID-19 Leave Bank and COVID-19 Vaccination Policy provides time off to get a vaccine or to recover from side effects. Advanced notice is preferred, but every effort will be made to accommodate same- or next-day appointments.

Please contact 615-936-0955 with any questions.

For more information, please visit:

Thank you,

Tracey George
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Laura Nairon
Interim Associate Vice Chancellor, People and Business Services