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Awardee Challenges in Implementing COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Dispensing vaccines effectively and efficiently is a critical step in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. CDC Immunization and Vaccines for Children Cooperative Agreement awardees, which are typically State and large metropolitan area public health departments, plan for and oversee the vaccine distribution and administration process. Stakeholders have acknowledged challenges early in Phase 1 distribution and dispensing, and note that these challenges will likely span all three phases identified in the CDC's COVID-19 Vaccine Playbook. We will interview all awardees to identify the reported challenges they are facing while distributing and dispensing vaccines. We will also ask awardees about effective strategies to mitigate those challenges, new challenges they anticipate, and how HHS can best support them in distributing and dispensing COVID-19 vaccines. In doing so, this review will provide HHS with timely and actionable information to address challenges associated with the COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
February 2021 OS, CDC, ASPR Awardee Challenges in Implementing COVID-19 Vaccination Program Office of Evaluation and Inspections OEI-04-21-00190 2022