COVID-19 Workforce Vaccine Update

VUMC continues to vaccinate all enrolled VUMC workforce members for COVID-19. To date, more than 19,000 employees have received their first dose of the vaccine or are scheduled in the coming days.  

While there continues to be a supply of vaccine available, as more groups outside of VUMC are made eligible, such as individuals age 75 and older, there may not be as much availability or convenience to schedule.

“If you haven’t received the first shot of the vaccine yet, for your safety, and the safety of your family, coworkers and our patients, we strongly encourage you to get vaccinated if you are medically eligible,” said Tom Talbot, MD MPH, Chief Hospital Epidemiologist.

The workforce vaccination process is being managed by Occupational Health.

“Careful screening is performed at the time of vaccination, and the vaccine has been tolerated well," said Lori Rolando, MD., director of Occupational Health. "The most common reported side effect is a sore arm.”

Beginning Jan. 8 workforce members will start to receive the second dose of the vaccine.

As a reminder we do expect individuals to experience moderate side effects to the second dose, but not effects that would prevent you from performing daily activities. You may wish to take an anti-inflammatory medication (like ibuprofen) after getting the second vaccine dose, particularly if you noted side effects after dose #1.  Also refer to the helpful guide “Can I go to work after my COVID-19 vaccine?”

Please bring the COVID-19 vaccine card with you that you were provided when you received your first shot.  

There is a detailed list of common questions with answers from VUMC’s experts. This site also has other resources from VUMC experts to help inform that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and important to get if you are medically eligible.

You can enroll to be scheduled by your manager to get the vaccine by completing this enrollment form.

This enrollment process does not include employees working at Vanderbilt Bedford Hospital or Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital. Employees at these facilities should work with occupational health resources in each hospital location.