The emergence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), has led to a global pandemic that has disrupted all sectors of society.
The Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Advisory Group, made up of statewide representatives of leading health care providers; bioethicists; state, local, and tribal public health representatives; health care associations; and people representing diverse community groups, formed in September 2020 with the purpose of informing a statewide framework for the equitable and effective allocation of the Novel Coronavirus vaccine(s).
On Dec. 1, 2020 the Centers for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended, as interim guidance, that the COVID-19 vaccine in the initial phase of the vaccination program1 (referred to as Phase 1a) be offered to:
1. Health care personnel (HCP)
2. Residents of long-term care facilities (LTCF)
Ensuring people are aware of their potential increased risk is an important step. Outreach to those at increased risk is important throughout the vaccination campaign. During the early weeks of implementation, vaccine supply is expected to be limited. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has provided the following guidance for those involved in planning for and administering the vaccine.