Vanderbilt Health encourages everyone who is eligible for a vaccine to get one as soon as possible. The vaccines have been given to millions of people around the world and have been shown to be safe and effective at preventing serious illness and hospitalization.
We follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in giving COVID-19 vaccinations.
- Currently, vaccines are authorized for everyone ages 5 and older. Note that Vanderbilt locations are no longer scheduling appointments to begin the vaccine series for ages 5-11. If your child has a booked appointment to get their second dose at Vanderbilt, that will continue as scheduled.
- Additional doses are recommended for certain people who have conditions that weaken their immune system.
- "Booster" doses are also authorized for certain individuals.
Schedule your vaccine with Vanderbilt Health
You can schedule an appointment today with Vanderbilt Health, even if you or your child haven't been a patient with Vanderbilt before. Use one of the links below to find an appointment time and location that works for you.
- If you or your child age 12 or older is a current Vanderbilt patient, and you have My Health at Vanderbilt, that's the best way to schedule your vaccine, whether 1st, 2nd, or 3rd dose/booster.
- If your child is age 5-11 and has not been vaccinated, talk to your pediatrician or use the Vaccines.gov link below to find a vaccine near you. (If your child has a booked appointment at Vanderbilt for a second dose in the 2-dose series, that will continue as scheduled).
- If you don't have My Health at Vanderbilt or are not a current Vanderbilt patient, use the VUMC Vax scheduling tool.
- You also can find a vaccine appointment at other locations near you at Vaccines.gov.
What else you need to know:
- Booster vaccines are being given by appointment at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks, 719 Thompson Lane.
- If you don't see an appointment that is convenient for you, check back, or use Vaccines.gov to find a vaccination from another provider.
- If you have an appointment for a booster, please bring your vaccination card with you. The timing of your booster in relation to your first 2 doses is important. If you have My Health at Vanderbilt, that information is also available in your mobile app.
- If you are eligible for a vaccine, 3rd dose or booster and you already have an appointment scheduled with a Vanderbilt primary care provider, you may ask to get the vaccine at that appointment.
- Teens and adolescents younger than 18 must be with a parent or guardian.
- We'll bill your insurance for a fee to help cover costs of giving you the shot. But you won't get a bill, even if you don't have insurance.
- For those seeking a 3rd dose of an mRNA vaccine: when available, it's recommended that you get the same brand that you got before (Pfizer or Moderna). However, both are not always available at an individual clinic. The CDC says that if the mRNA vaccine product given for the first 2 doses is not available or is unknown, either mRNA vaccine may be given. Learn more about 3rd vaccine doses for those with weakened immune systems.
- If you've already had a 3rd dose because of an immune-compromising condition, you don't need to get a booster.