**The second in a NEHI series of virtual summit meetings on COVID-19 Immunization**
To reach priority populations, states and local health departments will need to work closely with private sector and community partners to overcome several challenges in ensuring that the vaccine reaches priority populations. These challenges include identifying immunizers and immunization sites outside of a hospital or clinical setting, addressing the unique aspects of the vaccine (e.g. a need for extraordinary cold storage and a multi-dose series), and using data to track vaccine administration and respond quickly to areas with low uptake. With the CDC hinting at a vaccine approval under an EUA as early as late October, steps need to be taken now to ensure the immunization infrastructure is prepared to support mass vaccination efforts to help put an end to the pandemic.
Please join NEHI as we continue our Vaccine Summit series with experts in immunization information systems, vaccine policy, pharmacists, and payers to address actions needed to ensure the equitable distribution of, and access to, COVID-19 vaccines.
- Congresswoman Donna Shalala (FL - 27)
- Troy Brennan, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health
- Kevin Cranston, Assistant Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
- Katherine Dallow, MD, MPH, Vice President and Medical Director, Clinical Programs and Strategy, BCBS MA
- Richard Hughes IV, JD, MPH, Managing Director, Avalere
- Brian Isetts, RPh, PhD, BCPS, FAPhA, Professor, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
- Vincent Nelson, MD, Vice President, Medical Affairs and Interim Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
- Mike Popovich, CEO, STChealth
-Denise Octavia Smith, MBA, CHW, PN, Executive Director, National Association of Community Health Workers
- Anjanette Wyatt, PharmD, Chief Executive Officer, Clinical Care Pharmacy, LLC; Director, American Pharmacists Association