A quick Google search will reveal there is plenty of COVID-19 vaccine information out there. Here’s what you need to know today.
Three pharmaceutical brands have, to date, announced the completion of their COVID-19 Vaccines. However, not all had the same efficacy, or effectiveness, in clinical trials. Nor do they each require the same handling procedures or have the same funding sources. In fact, there may be significant variance. Here’s the breakdown of the COVID-19 vaccine information known today from each manufacturer:
Operation Warp Speed is a government-funded multi-agency initiative to fast-track the development of, manufacturing and distribution of COVID-19 drugs and treatments. 4 Star Army General and professional logistician Gustave Perna leads the effort and recently told NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly that if the FDA authorizes a vaccine by December 2020 he believed “..a safe and effective vaccine will be available initially in December. 10 to 30 million doses of vaccine will be available that we can start distributing.” The government will be allocating initial vaccine supplies to states and jurisdictions, which will then be responsible for getting shots into people's arms and determining which groups get priority for those first doses. "Some of the jurisdictions have thought about mass [vaccination] campaigns. Some are going right to brick-and-mortar and working with CVS and Walgreens. Some are going to utilize their hospitals," and the places people can go to get vaccines may shift as more doses become available, Perna says. Additional COVID-19 vaccine information related to Operation Warp Speed can be found on the HHS website.
It is still unclear what role Blockchain technology may play in providing transparency and “digital trust” for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. If implemented Blockchain could help in ensuring all parties have access to centralized, unbiased information, about each doses’ transportation and handling. Learn More about the benefits of leveraging this technology now.
Some of the vaccines to be distributed, such as Pfizer's BNT162b2 require multiple doses, and the ability of the vaccine to protect against infection absolutely hinges on patients getting their second dose. This COVID-19 vaccine information must be readily available and understood by patients to ensure they follow-up with secondary dosing if needed. The CDC is making COVID-19 vaccination recommendations for the US-based on input from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) which includes plans to distribute to specific populations first if supplies are limited:
Depending on the vaccine used, those patients may require a scheduled 2nd dose or additional testing, as well as remote monitoring of adverse reactions and a delivery mechanism for ongoing education. Hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, meatpacking plants, and even Ford Motor Company - which plans to offer vaccination to employees are among the long list of companies ramping up their vaccine delivery and aftercare models. These plans require robust, HIPAA-compliant, patient engagement tools. These tools, driven by AI-technology, will play a pivotal role in helping to manage the distribution of vaccines, public health education, and ultimately the safety of any COVID-19 vaccine. They may include patient-self scheduling and real-time schedule management for follow-up doses, adverse reaction reporting, and engaging peer-reviewed patient education materials, as well as a way for patients to provide employer attestations of vaccination and maintain updates to their medical records.
There is some mounting distrust of the available COVID-19 vaccine information in the general public and many people are still uncertain about social distancing, mask-wearing, or even the legitimacy of the virus. The World Health Organization ranked “Vaccine Hesitancy” as one of the Top 10 Threats To World Health in 2019. Citing complacency, inconvenience in accessing vaccines, and lack of confidence as key reasons underlying hesitancy. Health workers, especially those in communities, remain the most trusted advisor and influencers of vaccination decisions, and they must be supported to provide trusted, credible information on vaccines, according to WHO.
As a trusted advisor, healthcare organizations are poised to not only distribute the vaccine but also prepare the public with trusted COVID-19 vaccine information and resources.
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Jolean came to QliqSOFT with nearly 20 years of clinical and Healthcare IT experience. Whether providing direct patient care or developing multi-million dollar informatics programs and life-saving protocols, Jolean has been on the forefront of emerging technologies and understands first-hand the challenges and opportunities our customers face.
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Symptom checkers can increase patient access by providing guidance and visit qualification checks 24 hours a day. They break down barriers by providing patients with the information they need most during those times when it can be difficult to reach a provider. The tools are also helping prevent misdiagnoses in these situations.
It is critical that underserved populations receive the care they deserve, as the global community continues to wrestle with the pandemic. Here at QliqSOFT, we are aware of the communication gap that too often exists in hospitals and clinics, ultimately keeping individuals from preventative and life-saving care.