Indian Health Service COVID-19 Pandemic Vaccine Draft Plan   [open pdf - 694KB]

Alternate Title: IHS COVID-19 Vaccine Draft Plan; Version 1, October 2020

From the Introduction: "The COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic has disproportionately affected American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations across the country, with infection rates over 3.5 times higher than non-Hispanic whites. In addition, AI/AN individuals are over four times more likely to be hospitalized as a result of COVID-19. In addition to many public health measures in place, such as social distancing, mandatory curfews and closures, mask wearing and handwashing, COVID-19 vaccination remains the most promising intervention to further reduce disease, morbidity, and mortality in AI/AN people. The Indian Health Service (IHS) supports the planning and monitoring of the IHS response to COVID-19 including COVID-19 vaccine distribution, allocation, and implementation. For the COVID-19 vaccine to be successful in allocation, distribution, administration, documentation, and monitoring, a system wide planning effort is needed immediately to be ready to implement vaccination activities as soon as an FDA-approved vaccine is available. [...] This IHS COVID-19 Pandemic Vaccine Draft Plan ('draft plan') details how the IHS health care system will prepare for and operationalize a vaccine when it becomes available. This draft plan includes an overview of the IHS Vaccine Task Force and is divided into seven sections. Each section includes key IHS activities, assumptions, and specific actions for the Vaccine Task Force, Areas, and the IHS National Supply Service Center."

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