Hospitals Scramble to Get Ready for Coronavirus Vaccines

November 30, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified December 1, 2020

According to this article from Healthcare Dive, hospitals across the country are ramping up their efforts to figure out how to store, track, and administer coronavirus vaccine doses as recent news states an effective vaccine could be on its way within weeks or months. Hospitals will play a major role once a vaccine receives an emergency use authorization from the FDA. They will move quickly to vaccinate their front-line healthcare workers, followed by their patients and surrounding communities.

Hospitals will need to be in constant communication internally as well as with their group purchasing organizations, state and federal government agencies, and their local communities. To add further complication, the FDA has multiple candidates for an EUA that require different storage and administration tactics.

And, each state and territory, along with six major metropolitan areas, has its own distribution plan that has to be approved by the CDC. Those 64 plans are generally based on what was drawn up for distribution of the H1N1 vaccine more than a decade ago.

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