Information for VUMC Employees and Patients

Note: On Friday, Sept. 17, a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee voted to recommend 3rd doses of the Pfizer mRNA vaccine for those age 65 and older or at high risk of serious illness from COVID, as well as health care workers and those at high risk of exposure because of occupation. ThFood and Drug Administration will consider the recommendations later this week. In the meantime, Vanderbilt Health offers 3rd doses in keeping with current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has authorized them for certain patients who have immune-compromising conditions.

Everyone is stretched. Please be patient and kind.

Widespread COVID-19 and other illness in our region is creating high demand for our care in emergency rooms, hospitals, and walk-in clinics.

Our teams are very busy and doing all they can to care for each patient. Wait times may be long. Clinics may close intermittently to catch up with the demand. We may need to reschedule a procedure that would necessitate an inpatient admission.

We appreciate your patience and understanding. We're in this together.

If you'd like to get a test for yourself or your child, COVID-19 tests are available widely throughout the region. Metro Nashville's health department operates assessment sites. You can also find testing locations here. You can even find at-home testing kits at many pharmacies and retail clinics.

We only provide COVID-19 tests for patients with a known exposure or who are sick.

Vanderbilt Health offers a walk-in COVID-19 testing site at its One Hundred Oaks location, 719 Thompson Lane in Nashville.

About this testing site:

  • Only for those with a confirmed COVID-19 exposure or who are having mild symptoms (wouldn't ordinarily see doctor).
  • For those ages 2 and older.
  • Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-noon.
  • Insurance will be billed for laboratory costs.
  • No assessment by a health care provider -- test only.

    Urgent Call for Vaccination

    Across the state, more people are unvaccinated against COVID-19 than vaccinated. This is allowing the more contagious delta variant of the virus to spread rapidly across our region. 

    Cases of COVID-19 are rapidly increasing and filling hospitals across our region. Those who are getting very sick, requiring hospitalization, and dying from COVID-19 are almost all people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

    People who have been vaccinated can be infected, and they can spread the virus to others. The vaccine appears to be working well to prevent serious illness and hospitalization except in those with underlying conditions that weaken their immune system and its response to the vaccine.

    Our hospital emergency departments and walk-in clinics are seeing heavy volume as a result. Thank you for your understanding during a trying time for our patients, our employees and our community.

    Please, if you have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19, do so as soon as possible. Please take other precautions including wearing masks in indoor settings and avoiding large crowds.

    Learn more about scheduling your vaccine with Vanderbilt Health.

    Common questions about 3rd doses of vaccine for those with weakened immune systems.

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

    Hotline for Employees, Patients with Symptoms

    If you are a Vanderbilt employee or patient with fever, cough or shortness of breath and are concerned about COVID-19, call (888) 312-0847 to be assessed. This line is available daily, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    COVID-Related Care

    Vaccine Resources

    General Resources