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Under federal executive order, employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive an exemption by January 18, 2022. Students who are not employed by the university are not required to be vaccinated.

Updated: November 22, 2021

On September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden signed Executive Order 14042, which outlines a federal vaccination mandate and other requirements for federal contractors.

The university is a federal contractor and must implement the federal order as required.

The university has determined that the federal vaccine mandate applies to nearly all UT Knoxville buildings and the people who work in them–including UTIA and UTSI facilities and employees–except athletics facilities, residence halls and Greek houses, recreational sports facilities, and a small number of other nonacademic buildings. The federal mandate covers full-time, part-time, temporary, and student employees, except those whose primary workplace falls into one of the exceptions noted above.

The federal deadline to be fully vaccinated or receive a medical or religious exemption is January 18, 2022. To be fully vaccinated by January 18, you must receive your second dose of Moderna or Pfizer, or your single dose of Johnson & Johnson, by January 4, 2022.

Read more about the federal mandate and how to upload your vaccination card or request an exemption.

Vaccines are safe, effective, free, and readily available on campus and through other providers in the area.

The university offers vaccination appointments to those age 18 and older. If you are under 18, check for other providers in the area.

Vaccinations at the Student Health Center Pharmacy

The public, including UT students, faculty, staff, and retirees, can receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the Student Health Center Pharmacy. Appointment times vary each week. Walk-ins are also welcome based on vaccine availability.

View upcoming appointments at the Student Health Center Pharmacy and sign up.

Public clinics

In addition to offering COVID-19 vaccinations through the Student Health Center Pharmacy, the university organizes vaccination clinics that are open to the public, including UT students, faculty, staff, and retirees.

Dates and times are listed on UT’s events calendar. Check the calendar for upcoming vaccination clinics. If no clinics are listed, check back for new additions.

For directions, parking, and additional information, carefully read the signup page. Campus operators can provide additional assistance at 865-974-1000. Campus operators cannot set appointments.

Public Vaccine Clinic Schedule

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Vaccines distributed

On August 18, 2021, the Student Health Center began distributing an additional COVID-19 vaccine dose to immunocompromised individuals who had received an initial mRNA vaccine two-dose series. Effective October 25, 2021, the Student Health Center also began providing booster doses for all vaccine recipients according to eligibility requirements outlined by the Tennessee Department of Health.

Additional vaccine providers

A variety of distributors, including hospitals, pharmacies, and retail stores, are providing vaccinations. With the vaccine locator tool, you can search your ZIP code to find vaccination appointments near you. Check the vaccine locator tool.

About vaccination

Widespread vaccination, along with following health and safety guidelines, is the best way to control the COVID-19 pandemic.

University vaccination events offer the two-dose Moderna vaccine. Both the Moderna vaccine and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine are available at the Student Health Center Pharmacy.

The FDA has approved both vaccines for emergency use for those age 18 and older.

If you have questions about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, please speak with a health care provider.

Booster vaccines

The Student Health Center is administering vaccine boosters. The COVID-19 booster does not have to be the same vaccine received in the initial series. Eligible recipients can choose which vaccine they receive as a booster.

For individuals who are 18 years or older and received a Moderna or Pfizer vaccine series, a booster dose is recommended six or more months after the initial series.

For individuals who are 18 years or older and received the single-shot Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, a booster dose is recommended two or more months after the initial vaccine.

The university does not offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals who wish to receive a Pfizer booster must do so at an off-campus provider.

Find more information about vaccine boosters at the Student Health Center.

Vaccine fact sheets and additional information

The FDA requires that recipients or their caregivers be provided a fact sheet before receiving any vaccination, including a COVID-19 vaccination. The fact sheets are intended to help people make informed decisions about vaccinations.

Review COVID-19 vaccine fact sheets.

Review the CDC’s information about COVID-19 vaccines.

Review the Center for Health Education and Wellness FAQ for students on COVID-19 vaccines.

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