The university follows the State of Tennessee’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, which prioritizes vaccine recipients by age- or risk-based phases.
The university has a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines. To receive a vaccine through the university, you must be in the current age- or risk-based phase for Knox County.
- Age-based phase: 65+
- Risk-based phase: 1a1, 1a2, 1b
University-related activities may qualify UT students, faculty, and staff for a risk-based phase. For example, an education student who is student teaching could be in Phase 1b because they are working in a K–12 school. Consider your university-related activities, review the statewide vaccination plan, and use the state’s COVID-19 vaccine eligibility tool to help determine your eligibility.
Do not schedule an appointment if you do not qualify based on age or risk.
The university provides two options for receiving a vaccination:
- Public COVID-19 vaccine clinics are open to the public, including UT students, faculty, and staff.
- UT employee and student COVID-19 vaccinations at the Student Health Center are open only to UT students, faculty, and staff. A UT NetID and password are needed to schedule an appointment. Schedule appointments online. The Student Health Center cannot make appointments by phone.
Dates and times for both options are listed on UT’s events calendar. Check the calendar for upcoming opportunities. If none are listed, please check later for new additions.
The signup pages include information on what you need to bring to your vaccination appointment.
Appointments can fill quickly, but you can check the calendar for additional dates and signup pages for possible openings. Because the vaccine requires two doses, make sure you are available for both the first and second appointments.
For information about the clinic location, directions, and parking, carefully read the information available on the signup pages. Campus operators can provide additional assistance at 865-974-1000. Campus operators cannot set appointments.
Additional options for vaccination
The supply of COVID-19 vaccines remains limited, and a variety of distributors are providing vaccinations in our area. The state has a vaccine locator tool where those in eligible phases can find locations administering the vaccine in their county and make an appointment.
- 683 doses distributed through UT employee and student COVID-19 vaccinations
- 1,440 doses distributed through public COVID-19 vaccine clinics
About the vaccine
Widespread vaccination, along with following health and safety guidelines, is the best way to control the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, the university does not require the COVID-19 vaccine for students, faculty, or staff. In the interest of public health, however, they are encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once they are eligible.
The university administers the Moderna vaccine. The FDA has approved the two-dose vaccine for emergency use.