Minnesota health department releases vaccine announcement update
The announcement, which was made Dec. 15 via news brief, indicated that this new policy was also accepted for implementation by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Under this new policy, all vaccine replenishment orders will undergo CDC review, putting into place additional qualitative and quantitative controls, which streamline vaccine distribution channels and processes. These revisions will make vaccines more available from additional distributors and channels, giving access in areas where supplies are depleted more rapidly due to demand. Also in place are controls for supplies that may not meet qualitative standards, thereby leveling supply chain issues due to unusable vaccine.
In addition, new communication channel processes are being implemented to make ordering and approval of vaccine orders more expedient. Included in the new policies are standard steps to supply replenishment, which clarify any past processes that may have been unclear. This method of standardization will also make vaccine distribution more efficient, offering process refinement with these new standards of communication.
In an effort to resolve any misunderstandings about these new policies and processes, a communication channel with the CDC directly has been created. This channel serves as an additional resource as changes are implemented throughout the Minnesota Department of Health.