COVID-19 Vaccine-Therapeutics Distribution, Allocation, Appointments Program (DAAT)

2022 NACo Achievement Award Winner

San Bernardino County, Calif., CA

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About the Program

Category: Health (Best in Category)

Year: 2022

The year 2021 brought with it new challenges carried on the shoulders of optimism for the pandemic response team within the San Bernardino County (SBC) Department of Public Health (DPH) upon the introduction of the first COVID-19 vaccines. SBC DPH continued on its mission to provide the resources necessary to build healthy, safe, and resilient communities. The new state system CalVax presented the issue of creating equitable vaccination opportunities within the 20,000 square miles of our County at the forefront of COVID-19 response. Initially, a few large hospitals were automatically enrolled in the California Vaccination Program; however, the process for onboarding new providers proved to be difficult to navigate for smaller facilities and County-facilitated sites due to their inability to store the state provided minimum orders. To overcome this challenge, PRP developed a new program under the COVID-19 response: the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution, Allocation and Appointments Team (DAAT). DAAT ensured that COVID-19 vaccines would be accessible to all SBC healthcare providers, pharmacies, and County sites through a novel County-specific redistribution plan to maximize opportunities for vaccination and immunity throughout the county.

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