COVID-19 Vaccine Information for VUMC Patients

Under the direction of the Tennessee Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Vanderbilt University Medical Center will soon offer COVID-19 vaccine to these groups:  

  • Health care workers and people at long-term care facilities 
  • People age 75 and older 
  • People age 65 to 74 and people 16 to 64 with underlying medical conditions

We expect to start vaccinating patients in stages on or around Jan. 15.

There are more phases in the state’s plan than the three listed here. When we offer vaccines to patients in these other groups will depend on how many doses of the vaccine we have, as well as guidance from the state. 

FOR OUR PATIENTS: Vaccinating the thousands of patients in our care will take time. We appreciate your patience. We will reach out to you when it is time to schedule your vaccine.

Here's what our patients should know now

  • We’ll reach out to you when it’s your turn to get the vaccine. We’ll send you a message through your My Health at Vanderbilt Account (MHAV) to let you know it’s time for you to schedule your vaccine. MHAV is our online patient portal.
     
  • In the meantime, if you have My Health at Vanderbilt, please check your communication preferences to make sure you have elected to get email notices. Also please log in to your account to make sure you remember your password and have access.
     
  • If you don’t already have a My Health at Vanderbilt account, start yours now at this link.
     
  • When it’s your turn, you will be able to easily schedule your vaccine appointments in MHAV.
     
  • You must schedule in advance. We will not accept walk-ins.
     
  • We are only giving the Pfizer vaccine. It is given in 2 doses 21 days apart.
     
  • You’ll have to schedule both doses at the same time. It’s important that you show up for both appointments.

This is an evolving situation so please check back for updates.

Posted 1.6.2020

 

Common Questions about the Tennessee Vaccination Plan

Vanderbilt Health follows following the direction of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Tennessee Department of Health (TDOH) for how we offer the vaccine to our patients. 

Where individuals fall into phases of the TDOH plan are based many things. These factors include what kind of environment they work in, their age and their health. The plan is updated every so often. Each of Tennessee's 95 counties may be in different phases of the state's plan. Supplies of the vaccines and the population in the different counties influences how quickly we can move from one phase to the next.

Read more about Tennessee's plan and where you can get the latest updates.