New Resources To Track U.S. Vaccine Distribution
The Biden administration announced last week that it will send one million additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines to nearly 6,500 U.S. pharmacies this week on top of the 10.5 million weekly doses allotted to states by the federal government. The policy enlists CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Rite Aid, Costco, and supermarket pharmacies to administer the new vaccinations.
As a reminder, prioritization for vaccine doses allotted to U.S. states are still prioritized by local and state officials themselves. That is why, as former Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Mark McClellan noted on a webinar with MSCI members in January, stakeholders should reach out to the state and local departments of health for updates.
There are a few online resources MSCI members can reference for up-to-date information. The National Governors Association website has state-level guidance that outlines vaccine distribution as it relates to different sectors of the economy.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also recently released a host of Vaccine Guidance and Resources that provide updates regarding vaccine development, prioritization, and distribution. This guide includes a tracker with information on state and territorial plans for phased allocation of vaccines and an online portal to help connect employers to vaccine providers.