HHS’ Announces Production of Supply Kits to Safely Administer COVID-19 Vaccines to Americans
HHS announced it is preparing to provide ancillary supply kits to help healthcare workers who will be administering COVID-19 vaccines once the FDA approves or authorizes any vaccine for use.HHS has contracted with McKesson to produce, store and distribute these vaccine ancillary supply kits on behalf of the Strategic National Stockpile. Each kit will contain enough supplies to administer up to 100 doses of vaccine and will include:
– Needles (various sizes for the population served by the ordering vaccination provider)
– Syringes- Alcohol prep pads
– Surgical masks and face shields for vaccinators- COVID-19 vaccination record cards for vaccine recipients
– Needle information card
McKesson also is contracted to distribute the COVID-19 vaccines to administration sites on behalf of the federal government and under the guidance of the CDC. COVID-19 ancillary supply kits will be automatically distributed in amounts to match vaccine orders and will be provided at no cost to enrolled COVID-19 vaccination providers. Providers do not need to order these supplies in anticipation of administering the vaccine. Vaccination provider facilities and organizations must enroll in the federal COVID-19 Vaccination Program coordinated through their jurisdiction’s immunization program.