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Due to a preliminary court injunction, federal vaccine requirements on campus have been lifted.

Updated: January 10, 2022

The university is closely following the state of Tennessee’s legal challenge to President Biden’s Executive Order 14042. The executive order applies to federal contractors, including UT Knoxville, and includes a vaccination requirement.

On November 30, 2021, a federal district judge granted the states of Tennessee, Ohio, and Kentucky a preliminary injunction that—for now—prohibits the federal government from enforcing the executive order on federal contractors in those states.

With the preliminary injunction in place, the university must comply with Tennessee law, which prohibits state institutions like UT Knoxville from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations.

As a result, vaccine requirements on campus have been lifted. Members of the campus community are asked to make whatever personal choice they think is best with respect to vaccination while being considerate of the choices, health conditions, and requests of others.

The situation may change again as the legal process continues. The university will continue to keep the campus community updated.

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. Vaccines are not administered between noon and 1 p.m. The Student Health Center offers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine on Thursday afternoons. Walk-ins for the Moderna vaccine are welcome on Fridays 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 received a Moderna vaccine series, the CDC recommends a booster dose five or more months after the initial series.

For individuals who received the single-shot Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, the CDC recommends a booster dose two or more months after the initial vaccine.

For most individuals who received a Pfizer vaccine series, the CDC recommends a booster dose five or more months after the initial series.

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.

Find more information about booster eligibility.

Vaccine fact sheets and additional information

The US Food and Drug Administration 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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