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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended a pause in the use of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in order to review data related to a rare blood clot found in six individuals who received this vaccine. Because of this recommendation, Belmont will be suspending its vaccine clinics, effective immediately, until further instruction is provided by these agencies.

Presently, the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is the only vaccine being allocated to Tennessee colleges and universities for distribution among campus populations. We expect to hear from state health officials soon with more information and next steps toward resumption of vaccinations.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

It is the clear advice of the CDC that everyone be vaccinated for COVID-19 to help our world get the pandemic under control. In order to keep our campus community safe, our students, faculty and staff are encouraged to become vaccinated as soon as possible. The hope at Belmont is to be able to vaccinate a large percentage of our campus population before the end of the spring term.

  • The COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer with BioNTech and Moderna are each two-dose vaccines. If a person has received the first dose of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, he or she will need to get the second vaccine of the same brand. These vaccines reduced risk of infection by 80% two weeks or more after the first shot, and infection fell by 90% two weeks after the second shot, according to a recently released real-world study of vaccinated U.S. health care personnel and first responders. 

  • The Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine for persons age 18 and older is 85% effective in preventing severe disease and demonstrated complete protection against COVID-19 related hospitalization and death after 28 days from receiving the vaccine.

The CDC and the TN Department of Health have already updated guidance to say that those who are fully vaccinated do NOT have to quarantine if they have NO symptoms after a close contact to someone with COVID-19.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines is available here.

VACCINES AT BELMONT

Belmont University expects to receive routine deliveries of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. The University has opened eligibility to sign up for the vaccine to ALL Belmont students, faculty and staff, age 18 and older. 

Health Services will send regular emails to campus with instructions on scheduling an appointment. Please DO NOT show up seeking a vaccination without an appointment.

Those unable to secure an appointment at Belmont due to availability or scheduling should see below for information on receiving a vaccine at an off campus location.

VACCINES IN NASHVILLE AND SURROUNDING AREAS

Anyone age 16 and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine statewide, including out of state college students at Tennessee universities. Davidson County residents can schedule appointments online at covid19.nashville.gov or by calling 615-862-7777 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Use VaccineFinder to search for appointments in Davidson County (near campus) or in nearby surrounding counties such as Williamson (37067, 37027), Rutherford (37130, 37129) and Wilson counties (37122, 37087). Students should use their current or school address when making an appointment, rather than their permanent home address.

INFORMATION FOR VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS

As the rollout of vaccines continues, Belmont community members will likely become vaccinated through differing state, county and city eligibility phases around the country.

While the vaccine provides a measure of protection, including reducing the symptoms and severity of illness, for those vaccinated, questions remain about whether vaccinated individuals can still spread the virus.

Therefore, all members of the Belmont community, including those who have been vaccinated, must continue to follow the University’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including physical distancing, wearing a mask and getting tested when exposed or sick.

Please visit the CDC’s “When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated” page to learn more about what has and has not changed after receiving the vaccine, as well as how to continue protecting yourself and others.

VACCINE RESOURCES

If you have additional questions, please reach out to covid19response@belmont.edu