COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Overview


Each day we learn more about the distribution process for the COVID-19 vaccine.  Since information about the distribution of the vaccine can be confusing, we will provide this overview of the process. 

Federal Agencies

The federal government, via collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has the responsibility for COVID-19 vaccine approval and determining allocation/distribution plans. 

This includes setting recommended phases for vaccine administration, determining allocations to states and overseeing distribution state level entities who administer the vaccine. 

Key Federal Resources

Here are a few federal resources to help you understand the federal guidance regarding vaccines:

State Agencies

Individual state governments are responsible for determining their own phase guidance for vaccinations, partnering with the vaccinating entities and the federal government for vaccine requests/allocation and tracking their state level immunization data. 

At this time, the process from the federal government determining supply for allocation to vaccines being administered is averaging 7 to 10 days.  The speed of the process is driven by vaccine supply. 

Key State Resources

Here are a few state level resources to help you understand the current status of vaccine administration:

Key Takeaway

The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is of keen interest to organizations and individuals and thus raises many questions.  Expect vaccine distribution to be driven by the supply from vaccine manufacturers and administrative phases to vary by state. When major changes or milestones occur relating to this process, we will do our best to provide updates.

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