Let's usher in a healthy 2022
The omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading quickly throughout Tennessee. We're also seeing a lot of flu and other winter illness.
This is putting pressure on hospitals and clinics as more people need testing and care, and healthcare workers also become sick and must isolate. Thank you for your patience with wait times and possibly rescheduled procedures.
It is critically important to protect yourself against the winter surge of illness by getting vaccinated or "boosted" for COVID-19 and vaccinated for the flu.
Please get a COVID-19 vaccine booster as soon as you're eligible (now 5 months after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, and 2 months after getting the J&J vaccine). The booster is an important protection against the omicron variant.
These steps will give you the most protection against having to be hospitalized for COVID-19 and help prevent our area's hospitals from being overwhelmed again.
Other ways to reduce the spread of winter illness, including COVID-19 and flu:
Take the proven precautions. Wear masks in public indoor settings. Keep a good "social distance" of at least 6 feet from others. Wash your hands well and often.
- If you haven't yet gotten your COVID vaccine -- or booster if you're eligible -- now's the time to treat yourself to the gift of good health. Your booster shot is a critical defense against the omicron variant, now the most common strain of the virus in our region.
- Ask your doctor, nurse practitioner or other health care provider if your upcoming routine clinic visit can be done using telehealth, a secure video visit.
Information about vaccines and testing
We're following public health guidelines for giving COVID-19 vaccines. This includes vaccines for ages 5 and older, boosters and additional doses for immune-compromised individuals.
- Information about vaccines for our employees (VUMC Occupational Health).
- Vaccine information for patients of all ages.
- Guidance about COVID testing for public and patients.
- Guidance about COVID testing for VUMC employees (password required)
Updated Jan. 11, 2022