Supporting Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution, Access, and Uptake

Supporting Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution, Access, and Uptake


To support state, local, and private sector leaders in promoting the efficient and equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, the Duke-Margolis COVID-19 vaccination team has partnered with organizations such as the National Governors Association, the Commonwealth Fund, the National Academy for State Health Policy, the Association of Immunization Managers, and the COVID Collaborative to identify lessons learned from efforts to date, identify promising practices for improving vaccination access and uptake, and address emerging challenges. The team provides regular technical assistance and support to state leaders, convenes state and private sector leaders, develops practical resources for addressing emerging issues, and engages with critical partners. Key areas of focus include: 

 

Supporting State Leaders in Addressing Challenges in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution, Access, and Uptake

To support state leaders in promoting the efficient and equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccination team has produced publications for state leaders highlighting promising practices to maximize the efficiency of state COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts. The team also hosted three state leadership convenings attended by representatives of over twenty states to share lessons learned from early vaccine distribution experiences. Key publications include:

 

Supporting School-Located Vaccination Sites 

Duke-Margolis released a series of resources for school leaders on how schools can serve as critical access points for students and families to receive COVID-19 vaccines based on input from school leaders, state and local public health officials, pediatricians, and other stakeholders in the immunization community. These resources were created through partnerships with the Association of Immunization Managers, the Rockefeller Foundation, the COVID Collaborative, the Council of the Great City Schools, National Rural Education Association, Rural Schools Collaborative, and AASA: The School Superintendents Association.

 

Improving Immunization Infrastructure and Data Sharing

The Duke-Margolis COVID-19 vaccination team, in partnership with the National Governors Association, the COVID Collaborative, and the National Academy for State Health Policy, produced a series of issue briefs highlighting key priorities and considerations for strengthening immunization data infrastructure, modernizing immunization information systems, and exchanging immunization data with health care partners. 

 

Building Private-Public Partnerships to Support COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution, Access, and Uptake

In partnership with the COVID Collaborative, the Duke-Margolis COVID-19 vaccination team convened health systems, pharmacies, payers, employers, state leaders, and other public and private sector leaders for a series of virtual roundtables. Leaders discussed opportunities for the private sector to partner with policymakers to address key challenges in vaccine distribution. Key publications include:

Project Team

Nancy Allen Lapointe

Nancy Allen LaPointe

Faculty Fellow, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine Faculty

John Bollinger Headshot

John Bollinger, MS

Policy Analyst

Michelle DelFavero

Michelle DelFavero

Research Associate

Katie Greene

Katie Greene

Assistant Research Director
Senior Team Member

Katie Huber

Katie Huber, MPH

Policy Analyst

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Kamaria Kaalund

Research Assistant
Anti-Racism and Equity Committee Member

Andrea Thoumi

Andrea Thoumi, MPP, MSc

Health Equity Policy Fellow
Senior Team Member
Anti-Racism and Equity Committee Member
Core Faculty Member
Adjunct Assistant Professor
2020 Intern Mentor