The university encourages all students, faculty, and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. With Knox County opening eligibility to anyone 16 and older and an increasing vaccine supply and list of providers in the area, you have options to get vaccinated soon.
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.
The university offers vaccine appointments to those age 18 and older. If you are under 18, check for clinics that offer the Pfizer vaccine, the only vaccine authorized for emergency use in people under age 18.
The university provides two options for receiving a vaccination on campus:
- Public COVID-19 vaccine clinics are open to the public as well as UT students, faculty, staff, and retirees.
- 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. 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, check back for new additions.
For the clinic location, 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.
Clinic standby lists for open-vial doses
The signup page for a public vaccination clinic may include a standby list for that clinic only. These are not appointments. People on the standby list will be called if there are any doses left in an open vial at the end of the clinic.
Standby lists may also be included in signups for employee–student vaccination appointments; those lists are open only to employees and students.
If you are contacted from a standby list, you must be on-site within 30 minutes to receive a vaccination. The standby list for one vaccination clinic does not carry over to any other clinics.
- Not all clinics will have a standby list.
- Being on the standby list does not guarantee you will receive a vaccination.
- People on the standby list for a vaccination clinic will be called toward the end of the clinic if open-vial doses remain.
- Standby lists have a limited number of openings. When they are full, no additional names can be added.
- Because of the efficiency of the university’s vaccination clinics, few if any open-vial doses are expected to be available.
- If you get a regular appointment, please cancel your spot on the standby list or request to be taken off the list. Cancellation instructions are on the signup page.
Widespread vaccination, along with following health and safety guidelines, is the best way to control the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 vaccination is not required for students, faculty, or staff. In the interest of public health, however, they are encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Each university vaccination event will offer one of the following vaccines, subject to availability:
- Two-dose Moderna vaccine
- Single-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine (currently paused per recommendation from CDC and FDA on April 13, 2021)
The signup page for each event includes the vaccine that will be provided, the consent form for that vaccine, and additional information.
The FDA has approved both vaccines for emergency use for those age 18 and older.