COVID-19 Vaccination Plans: South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee
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South Carolina will make vaccines available to enrolled providers that serve critical populations during Phase 1. Vaccine distribution in South Dakota will be according to “SD COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Guidance“. The COVID-19 vaccination plans of South Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee have been outlined below.

South Carolina

Distribution

Storage

  • It will be a requirement for providers to follow the forthcoming guidelines for vaccine storage and handling in the “CDC Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit Addendum for the COVID-19 vaccine”.
  • The DHEC Enrollment Team verifies that providers’ storage and temperature monitoring equipment are reliable upon enrollment. It is required that storage unit temperatures are documented as stated in the Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit Addendum for COVID-19 Vaccine. Before a new order is approved, this documentation should be submitted and reviewed by the DHEC between the time a vaccine is received and the time a new order is requested.

Prioritization / hierarchy of who receives vaccine

  • The following resources are being used as guidance by DHEC to determine the crucial populations for COVID-19 vaccination:
    • “CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)”
    • National Institutes of Health
    • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)
    • “The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID)”, which has “data on SNAP usage and income”
    • “The DHEC ICS Data and Intelligence Branch population heat maps of populations 65 and older with co-morbidities”
    • “DHEC-produced GIS maps of healthcare facility distribution, including hospitals and long-term care facilities, which includes the number of licensed beds”
    • “The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine (NASEM) Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine (2020)”
    • “CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index, which accounts for natural and human-caused disasters and disease outbreaks”
    • SC HealthViz, which has country-specific data on different variables, like those who are “full benefits Medicaid enrolled,” “Living in Poverty,” “No HS Diploma (age 25+)”, “Rural, Unemployed and Uninsured.”
  • If the vaccine supply is not sufficient, the Vaccine Advisory Committee will recommend sub-prioritization for the following:
    • Phase 1-A: People, both paid and unpaid, who work in healthcare environments, can expose infectious materials or patients, and can’t work from home.
    • Phase 1-B: Essential workers who cannot socially distance at work, and people at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness such as those aged 65 and above.

Data & Reporting

Governance

Technology Infrastructure

Security

South Dakota

Distribution

Storage

Prioritization / hierarchy of who receives vaccine

Data & Reporting

Governance

Technology Infrastructure

Security

Tennessee

Distribution

Storage

Prioritization / hierarchy of who receives vaccine

Data & Reporting

Governance

Technology Infrastructure

Security

  • The “Data Use Agreement between TDH and CDC” will require review and approval by TDH Legal, Security and IT before data is shared with CDC.
GLENN TREVOR
Glenn is the Lead Operations Research Analyst at The Digital Momentum with experience in research, statistical data analysis and interview techniques. A holder of degree in Economics. A true specialist in quantitative and qualitative research.

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