CDPH to Host COVID-19 Vaccination Call for Hospitals This Week
The California Department of Public Health will host a call with general acute care hospitals on Nov. 13 from 9 to 10 a.m. (PT) to discuss various aspects of COVID-19 vaccine planning and implementation. Discussion will include an overview of the state’s plan, allocation framework, general acute care hospital data, vaccine storage and handling, and provider registration. To join the call:
Dial: (844) 291-6360
Access Code: 5961358
Background on the State’s COVID-19 Vaccination Planning
On Oct. 19, the state of California released its interim draft plan for administering COVID-19 vaccinations. Many hospital and health system health care personnel are anticipated to be in the first phase, 1-A, of those offered the vaccine when doses are initially limited. The document describes this first phase as including both health care personnel likely treating patients with COVID-19 and likely to be exposed to COVID-19.
Allocation is described in the plan as flowing first from the federal government to the state; then from the state to large multi-jurisdictional entities such as health providers and systems with locations in multiple counties; and finally, to local health departments, which will allocate to health care providers and other entities within their counties.
The plan also discusses cold chain storage capacity, how providers will be enrolled to serve as vaccination sites, and data reporting requirements for vaccinators, among other issues.
CHA has convened a COVID-19 Vaccine Workgroup to inform its policy advocacy in this area and, along with other statewide associations, participates in weekly meetings with state leadership on its COVID-19 planning.