April 25, 2022

VUMC offers second booster to eligible individuals

Based on updated CDC COVID-19 booster guidelines and VUMC’s review of the evidence, VUMC will offer a second booster of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to eligible individuals, ages 50 and over, who received either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Others who are eligible for a second booster include those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as a first shot and first booster dose and individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.

The CDC states that the option for eligible people to receive a second booster dose and the timing of that dose can be informed by the clinical characteristics, behaviors and preferences of the person and the clinical judgement of the health care provider.

Among people who are eligible for a second booster dose, the following people might consider getting the second booster dose as soon as possible (i.e., 4 months after their first booster dose):

  • People with underlying medical conditions (including those over 65 years of age) that increase the risk of severe COVID-19 disease.
  • People living with someone who is immunocompromised, at increased risk for severe disease, or who cannot be vaccinated due to age or contraindication.
  • People at increased risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2, such as through occupational, institutional or other activities (e.g., travel or large gatherings).
  • People who live or work in or near an area where the COVID-19 community level is medium or high or are traveling to such an area.

Patients interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at VUMC can continue to schedule vaccination appointments through My Health at Vanderbilt at the One Hundred Oaks COVID-19 vaccination site. Patients on the main campus may also access the COVID-19 vaccine at the Medical Specialties Clinic on the second floor of The Vanderbilt Clinic. Employees can also receive their vaccine at the Occupational Health Clinic.

The second COVID-19 booster is not required for VUMC workforce members at this time.