North Dakota selected by CDC as pilot project for COVID-19 vaccine planning

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) announced today that North Dakota has been selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as one of four states to be part of a pilot project to plan for a COVID-19 vaccination program.  

“North Dakota was selected because of the strength of our immunization program,” said NDDoH Immunization Program Manager Molly Howell. “Our teams have been working for weeks on a plan and we’re thrilled to supplement that work with this partnership with the CDC and the Department of Defense to plan and prepare for the COVID-19 vaccination response in North Dakota.”

In addition, the CDC is interested in exploring strategies to reach American Indian populations and help determine opportunities as it relates to vaccine planning and distribution. 

When a vaccine becomes available, the federal government will provide general guidance on how to prioritize and distribute the vaccine. Howell said her team and other partners will take that broad guidance and implement it in North Dakota.

“Planning with North Dakota and other pilot sites will inform and support other states planning for coronavirus vaccine,” Howell said. 

Meetings kick off this week in Bismarck. For more information on COVID-19, visithealth.nd.gov/coronavirus.

Sabrina Halvorson

Sabrina is a freelance journalist and broadcaster. She travels a lot for the network and enjoys sharing stories and photos from the road - and sometimes the road of life.

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