Preparing for the COVID-19 Vaccine and Considerations for Mass Distribution   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Background: "The emergence of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic has created unprecedented public health challenges and spurred a global race to develop and distribute one or more viable vaccines. The challenge of vaccine development is matched by the challenge of vaccine distribution; once discovered and produced, it must be delivered and dispensed to the population writ large. Although a vaccine is not yet available, lessons learned from the acquisition and distribution of COVID-19 diagnostics and therapeutics suggest that governors may want to begin addressing the challenges of mass distribution before its arrival. Immunizing the U.S. population against COVID-19 will likely require the single largest vaccination campaign ever undertaken and governors will play a key role in bringing together leaders from their state public health, immunization, and emergency management systems to design and execute the operation. As with many COVID-19 activities, a 'whole of government' response, with broad participation by health and human services, economic development, education, and public safety agencies, as well as private sector partners and the public, will be critical to its success. This memorandum provides: [1] Actions for Governors Preparing for Mass Distribution of a Vaccine; [2] Overview of Planning Considerations for Mass Distribution."

National Governors' Association
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