From the Introduction: "A safe and effective COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] vaccine(s) will be critical to preventing and reducing morbidity, severity, and mortality associated with COVID-19 in North Dakota. When a large proportion of the population has immunity to a virus (community immunity), a virus is less likely to spread. The safest way to achieve community immunity is through vaccination. Internal planning for a future COVID-19 vaccine started in May 2020. In August 2020, North Dakota was selected as a pilot site for enhanced planning with the federal government. In early September, planning expanded to include external stakeholders (i.e., long term care, pharmacies, tribes, corrections, universities, local public health, etc.). A draft plan for prioritization, allocation, distribution, administration, and reporting of a future COVID-19 vaccine was submitted to the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] on October 16, 2020. Although this plan will require updates as new information is available, creation and partial implementation of this plan are needed now for resource acquisition and allocation, and testing of vaccination methods across the state."
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/