COVID-19 Vaccination Program
Many COVID-19 vaccine candidates are in development, and clinical trials are being conducted simultaneously with large-scale manufacturing. It is not known which vaccines will be approved, if any.
TotalWellness is proactively working with our local health department and the CDC so that once a vaccine is approved, we will be ready to assist with COVID-19 vaccinations for the community and employers. Our goal is to provide on-site COVID-19 shot clinics for companies, but we are waiting to learn more about how vaccine will be distributed across the country. With our 20+ years of experience with corporate flu shot clinics, we have a solid infrastructure that can be utilized for COVID-19 vaccination programs.
Here is what we know based on information from the CDC:
Limited COVID-19 vaccine may be available by late December 2020, but COVID-19 vaccine supply will increase substantially in 2021.
- Initially available COVID-19 vaccines will either be approved as licensed vaccines or authorized for use under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) issued by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Cold chain storage and handling requirements for each COVID-19 vaccine product will vary from refrigerated (2° to 8°C) to frozen (-20°C) to ultra-cold (-60° to -80°C) temperatures. This could impact delivery to sites.
- For most vaccines, two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, separated by either 21 or 28 days, will be needed for immunity, and second-dose reminders for patients will be necessary. Both doses will need to match each other (i.e.,be the same vaccine product).
COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation
On November 6, CDC released executive summaries from the COVID-19 vaccine playbooks each state and jurisdiction submitted, a crucial step in the overall U.S. government effort to develop, distribute, and administer COVID-19 vaccines.
The executive summaries provide an overview of how each state and jurisdiction is planning for the phases of COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration.
The federal government will issue guidance on groups to prioritize for initial COVID-19 vaccination. Focus populations for initial COVID-19 vaccination will likely be:
- The critical workforce that provides health care and maintains essential functions of society
- Staff and residents in long-term care and assisted living facilities
Allocation of COVID-19 vaccine to jurisdictions will be based on multiple factors, including:
- Populations recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
- Current local spread/prevalence of COVID-19
- COVID-19 vaccine production and availability
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