Staying up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines are key to protecting you and others
Staying up to date on your vaccines and boosters is the best way to protect yourself, your family and others around you.
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.
The CDC has authorized vaccines as outlined below:
- 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).
- Second "booster" doses of one of the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) are now recommended for those over age 50 and 4 months after the first "booster." See the CDC's explanation of the new guidance.
Schedule your vaccine with Vanderbilt Health
Vaccines are now readily available at many locations outside Vanderbilt, including pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS, retail clinics and other locations. You can also find other locations close to you at Vaccines.gov.
Vanderbilt patients can schedule their vaccine through My Health at Vanderbilt, our secure patient portal (or the mobile app). We currently offer COVID-19 vaccines by appointment at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks, 719 Thompson Lane. We don't offer the vaccine at our walk-in clinics or Vanderbilt pharmacies.
If you 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. (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).
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.
- If you don't see an appointment that is convenient for you, check back, or use Vaccines.gov to find a vaccination at another location.
- 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 or booster 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.