For Our Patients: Scheduling Your COVID-19 Vaccine

As of Monday, April 5, anyone in Tennessee age 16 or older is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

See the TDOH plan here.

We encourage everyone who is eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you have an opportunity that works for you. 

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, and they work. The vaccines are how we’ll put this pandemic behind us, together. Learn more from Vanderbilt Health experts at our vaccine hub.

Below, you'll see ways current VUMC patients can find and schedule a vaccine appointment with Vanderbilt Health or to find other open appointments closer to home. 

At our two Nashville locations

We’re giving vaccines at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on 21st Avenue or at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks.  

We’ll be giving the Pfizer vaccine. This requires a second shot 21 days later. You have to get the second shot at the same location. Also, those under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian with them to be vaccinated.

  • You can schedule a vaccine using your My Health at Vanderbilt account. This will be the best and quickest way to schedule an appointment for our Nashville locations.
  • You also can call our COVID hotline at 888-312-0847 to schedule your appointment at our Nashville vaccine locations.

If you don’t see an appointment time that fits your schedule, keep checking back. We’ll add appointment slots as we get new shipments of vaccine.

If you don’t have an account in My Health at Vanderbilt, our online patient portal, it’s easy to start one. You can find instructions and a simple video tutorial here.

At our community hospitals

Our three community hospitals are working with local health departments in Wilson, Bedford and Coffee counties to give COVID-19 vaccines.

Schedule your vaccine at these links:

At other locations near you

You don’t have to get your COVID-19 vaccine from Vanderbilt Health. Locations offering the vaccine are being added as supplies become more plentiful. You can find a vaccine appointment near you at VaccineFinder.org.

Thank you for helping to protect yourself and our community, and for trusting Vanderbilt with your care.

 

  • It’s the best way for you to protect yourself from COVID-19. The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is very dangerous. It can infect everyone. If you catch it, you could become very sick or even die.

    The vaccine will help you fight the virus if you’re exposed to it in the future and will protect you from any serious illness.

    The more people who get the vaccine, the better for everyone. If enough people are protected from the virus, the virus has nowhere to go and dies out. 

  • There’s no cost for the vaccine itself. There are some costs related to us giving you the vaccine, but this will be billed to your insurance. You won’t have to pay for anything related to the vaccine. This is true even if you do not have insurance.

  • At the two Nashville locations, we’ll be giving you 2 doses of the vaccine made by Pfizer. That vaccine requires a second shot 21 days later.

     

  • There’s a chance you’ll have some side effects after each dose. The second shot may have more side effects than the first.

    Most people have had a sore arm where they got the shot. Others said they felt run down and they may have had a low fever or muscle aches. These symptoms only last a day or two.

    All these side effects are just signs the vaccine is working. If you don’t have any side effects, that’s OK too. You don’t have to have side effects for it to work.

  • Almost everyone should get the vaccine. It’s very safe.

    The only reasons not to get it are:

    • You’re younger than 16. (The vaccine is currently being studied in children.)
    • In the past you’ve had a serious reaction (such as anaphylaxis) to something in the vaccine. You can learn about what’s in the vaccine here.

    For your safety, we’ll be taking these steps:

    • When you get here for your vaccine, we’ll ask you questions to find out if you’ve had any problems with allergies in the past. Depending on your history, we may ask an allergist to review your case or ask you to wait for 30 minutes after your vaccine before leaving. In some rare cases, a vaccine may be postponed if an allergist recommends this.
       
    • Everyone who gets a vaccine will have to wait at least 15 minutes after the shot before they can leave.

    There are also some reasons you would need to wait to get the vaccine:

    • You’ve been given monoclonal antibodies to treat COVID-19 in the past 90 days. Even though you should still get the vaccine, you should wait until after 90 days have passed. This is so the antibodies are no longer in your system. Antibodies can keep the vaccine from working as well as it should.
    • You’ve had another vaccine within 14 days of your appointment. You’ll need to wait until it’s been 14 days or more since any other vaccine.
    • If you test positive for COVID-19 between now and your appointment, you’ll need to cancel your appointment and reschedule it in 20 days, and as long as all your symptoms are gone.
    • If you have a fever or feel sick on the day of your vaccine, we recommend you cancel and reschedule.
  • Once you've scheduled your vaccine, we'll send you reminders that include the date, time and where to go for your shot. You'll get your shot at 1 of 2 locations: the Light Hall Building on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center campus on 21st Avenue, South,  or at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks.

    We will send you information about where to park and how to get to the vaccination location.

  • We're taking the same safety steps that we are in all other Vanderbilt Health locations:

    • Everyone working at the vaccination location will be checked for fever and symptoms of COVID-19.
       
    • Patients and companions will also be checked for fever and symptoms of COVID-19.
       
    • You'll also need to wear a mask and keep distance (at least 6 fee) from others the entire time you are here.
  • You may bring a companion, especially if they are needed to help you get around.

    Your companion will not get a shot, unless they are also scheduled.

  • After your first shot, we encourage you to enroll in V-Safe. This is a smartphone tool for people who have gotten the vaccine (see more below).

    You will keep the vaccine record card we give you and bring it back with you when you get your second dose.

    Continue to wear a mask when you go out and avoid crowds and keep distance (at least 6 feet) from others. Just because you have gotten the vaccine doesn't mean the pandemic is over. We must continue safety practices to protect ourselves and others for a while yet.

    Thank you for doing your part! We are in this together.

     

  • My Health at Vanderbilt is your free online patient portal you can use to manage your health care. It is the best way to schedule your COVID-19 vaccine. (See question above about scheduling your vaccine).

    If you are having trouble setting up your account, signing in or scheduling your vaccine, you can call the HELP desk.

    That number is (615) 343-HELP (4357).

    You can find more resources about using My Health at Vanderbilt here.

    What to do after your COVID-19 vaccine

    After your first shot, we encourage you to register for V-safe.

    V-safe is a smartphone tool made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It’s for people who’ve gotten their COVID-19 vaccines. The tool is a great way to help us all learn more about the vaccine.

    How V-safe works:

    • It uses text messaging and web surveys to check how you’re doing after you get your shots.
    • You can use it to tell the CDC about any side effects you have after either shot. Based on what you say, they may call you back to learn more about what’s going on.
    • It can also send you reminders about your second vaccine dose.

    Learn more and sign up here.