Who Will Get First Shots? Govt Prepares Database For COVID-19 Immunisation

Henrietta Brewer
October 22, 2020

Johnson County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Planner Steven Button provided the board with some updates on the COVID-19 vaccine coming to Iowa.

The department, hoping to prevent the collision of flu outbreaks with the COVID-19 pandemic - especially as COVID cases climb - is taking a more active role in the vaccination of Michiganders.

Almost 52% of Americans received a flu shot last season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Throughout, a detailed and updated understanding of how COVID-19 is affecting the "5As" dimensions of Access, Affordability, Awareness, Acceptance and Activation will be critical for manufacturers looking to understand where to play and how to win for their vaccines in a post-COVID world.

The study found that while some 21 percent of the Covid-19 patients whose records were studied died, the share of influenza patients with lethal outcomes was about 3.8 percent - or more than five times fewer.

"While a small number of doses of an FDA-approved vaccine could be deployed before year's end, the reality is that the COVID-19 pandemic will be with us well into 2021 - and widespread vaccine distribution likely won't occur for many more months", said Dr. Erica Pan, acting State Public Health Officer.

"There's going to be plenty of vaccine available this year, and I think we want to use up every drop of it", he says. "Certain racial and ethnic minority groups are disproportionately affected by COVID-19".

Getting the vaccine will reduce the overall burden of respiratory illness in the population and potentially prevent people who may get infected with COVID from having both it and influenza at the same time, which can be particularly serious.

But, early in the season, vaccinations begin in residential care facilities, and for health-care workers and individuals with high-risk medical conditions such as chronic heart or lung disease or cancer. Button said pharmacies who participate will be responsible for storing and distributing the product and reporting on data they collect from the process.

Around the world scientists and health leaders are working hard to come up with a vaccine for COVID-19.

The Review Workgroup is part of the state's initial COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, which was submitted to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday.

However, another vaccine now being tested is stored at a temperature most doctor refrigerators can handle, he said.

The Iowa Department of Public Health created a vaccine provider agreement for any healthcare provider to sign so they can administer a vaccine and receive the necessary supplies.

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