WEATHER NOTICE: The Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks COVID-19 vaccination site will be open noon-5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 17, because of expected snow and dangerous road conditions. If you have a scheduled vaccination appointment on Monday morning, check your My Health at Vanderbilt account for information about rescheduling.
Vaccination and boosters are a critical defense against the omicron variant
The more contagious omicron variant of the virus is surging in our region. Your best protection, and the most effective tool we have to slow the spread of the disease and avoid overwhelming our hospitals, is to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to get a booster as soon as you're eligible.
Millions of people around the world have had the vaccines. They have been shown to be safe and effective at preventing serious illness and hospitalization. This remains true for the omicron variant, especially after the booster shot.
We follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in giving COVID-19 vaccinations.
- Vaccines are authorized for everyone ages 5 and older.
- Additional doses are recommended for certain people who have conditions that weaken their immune system. This now includes children ages 5-11 with these conditions. If your child is eligible for an additional dose for this reason, please talk to your Vanderbilt provider or family pediatrician.
- "Booster" doses are authorized for ages 12 and older. You should get a booster as soon as you can (5 months after second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or 2 months after the J&J shot).
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.
While we offer vaccine appointments at our walk-in clinic locations, we encourage you to schedule your shot at our One Hundred Oaks location if possible. The walk-in clinics are experiencing very high demand right now, and even with an appointment, you may encounter wait times there. We appreciate your understanding.
- 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. We aren't giving vaccines to this age group at Vanderbilt locations. (If your child is eligible for an additional vaccine dose because they have a condition that weakens their immune system, talk to your Vanderbilt provider or family pediatrician).
- 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:
- Vaccines, including boosters, are being given by appointment at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks, 719 Thompson Lane. The vaccination site is on the 3rd floor. It is separate from a temporary COVID-19 testing site located on the 1st floor.
- 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.