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UT Medical Center now scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments weekly on Thursdays

Officials said that the University of Tennessee Medical Center's goal was to vaccinate as many people as quickly and efficiently as they can.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — UPDATE (March 18): UT Medical Center is now scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments weekly for those eligible.

UTMC does not have a waitlist, but is now taking appointments weekly on Thursdays at 1 p.m. 

On March 18, UTMC opened up more than 1,500 appointments. All spots were full as of 6:20 p.m. Thursday.

You can sign up for vaccines at UTMC's website at this link or call 865-305-6225.

Spanish Version: UTMC ofrecerá citas para vacuna contra COVID-19 todos los jueves

As of March 16, people in Tennessee's phases 1a1, 1a2, 1b, 1c and people 65 and up are eligible to receive the vaccine. This includes K-12 and childcare staff. For more information on who qualifies in each phase, click here.

Those with appointments will need to make some preparations before arriving at the COVID-19 vaccination clinic:

  • Bring proof of age to verify eligibility (driver’s license, birth certificate, or other documentation to confirm the date of birth). If you do not meet the criteria of the Tennessee Department of Health (age 70 and older) you will not be able to receive the vaccination.
  • The vaccine will only be given to the individual registered for the appointment and cannot be given to someone else.
  • Bring your completed consent form available on the UTMC website. If not, paper consent forms will be available. A completed consent form is required for vaccination.
  • Wear clothing that allows for easy access to the upper arm. Plan to stay for monitoring for 15 minutes after the injection is administered.
  • The second dose of the vaccine will be scheduled 3 weeks later, on the same day of the week and at the same time of day as your original appointment.
  • Only the patient receiving the vaccine and one support person will be allowed entry into the medical center.
  • All patients and visitors must wear a facial covering or mask while on The University of Tennessee Medical Center property.
  • Please do not premedicate prior to your appointment with fever-reducing medications, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil), naproxen (Naprosyn), or aspirin. If you normally take these medicines as part of your daily regimen, you may take them as usual.

When leaving UTMC, officials encourage people to show their vaccination card to the parking attendant to exit without payment.