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 age 12 and older.
- In addition, public health officials have authorized 3rd doses of the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) for vaccinated individuals who are immunocompromised. This means they have conditions that weaken their immune systems.
- "Booster" doses of the Pfizer vaccine are authorized for those age 65 and older, younger ages with certain underlying conditions that increase their risk of serious COVID illness, and those in certain occupations, including healthcare workers. Boosters are recommended 6 months after your 2nd dose of the Pfizer vaccine. See if you are eligible for a booster at the CDC's website.
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 and 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 you're looking for an appointment for a Pfizer booster and don't have My Health at Vanderbilt, you can use the VUMC Vax scheduling tool.
- You also can find a vaccine appointment at other locations near you at Vaccines.gov.
My Health at Vanderbilt | VUMC Vax (Boosters Only) | Vaccines.Gov
What else you need to know:
- Booster vaccines are being given by appointment at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks, 719 Thompson Lane. Appointments are somewhat limited until Oct. 11, when we expect to have an increased supply of vaccine and open appointments.
- 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, who can get their vaccine at the same time.
- 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.