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Administration Releases COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Guidance

Sunday, September 20, 2020  
Posted by: NACCHO
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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DoD) released two guidance documents outlining the administration’s strategy to rapidly deliver safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses. The documents, developed by HHS in coordination with DoD and the CDC, provide a strategic distribution overview along with an interim playbook for local, state, tribal and territorial public health programs and their partners on how to plan and operationalize a vaccination response to COVID-19. 

The strategic overview outlines four tasks necessary for the vaccination program. They are: 

  • Engage with state, tribal, territorial, and local partners, other stakeholders, and the public to communicate public health information around the vaccine and promote vaccine confidence and uptake. 
  • Distribute vaccines immediately upon granting of Emergency Use Authorization/ Biologics License Application, using a transparently developed, phased allocation methodology and CDC has made vaccine recommendations. 
  • Ensure safe administration of the vaccine and availability of administration supplies. 
  • Monitor necessary data from the vaccination program through an information technology (IT) system capable of supporting and tracking distribution, administration, and other necessary data. 

NACCHO is currently reviewing the document and looking for feedback from our members on how you are being included in the critical plans being developed to inform our work on your behalf. To start, we would appreciate knowing: 

(1) if your local health department has not yet been involved in your state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning;  

(2) whether you use your state’s immunization information system (IIS), separate IIS (e.g., an IIS specific to your local health department or jurisdiction), or both, and  

(3) if you would be willing to serve as a local health department contact for when NACCHO receives media requests inquiring about the local perspective and involvement on the COVID-19 response? 

Answers can be sent directly to: immunization@naccho.org 

NACCHO has previously sent a letter to the administration concerning Operation Warp Speed, requesting clarity and guidance on topics related to vaccine deployment and will continue to advocate for the critical role of LHDs in this aspect of the response.