COVID-19 Vaccine Planning Session for Tribal Communities and HHS Regional Tribal Consultations

Please join the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) this Friday, September 25 for an important information session on COVID 19 vaccine planning. The purpose of this NIHB webinar is to introduce Tribal leaders to COVID-19 vaccine distribution options and planning considerations. The webinar will include an overview of the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine planning activities, and will highlight considerations for Tribal leaders and health organizations serving Tribal and urban Indian communities making decisions about vaccine distribution. The goal of the webinar is to provide background information about COVID-19 vaccine development and potential distribution scenarios in preparation for the HHS regional Tribal consultation calls about COVID-19 vaccine distribution – detailed below.

Date: Friday, September 25, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern Time

Join by Zoom Webinar

Meeting ID: 602 882 0884

Passcode: 09232020

Toll Free Dial In: 833 548 0276

On Thursday, September 24, US Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Hargan sent a Dear Tribal Leader Letter (DTLL) announcing the initiation of Tribal Consultation to seek input from Tribal Leaders on COVID-19 vaccination planning for Indian Country.  This Tribal Consultation complements the state planning process that began last week with the publication of the CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook for Jurisdiction Operations.  This playbook guides Immunization Program Awardees (e.g., state and local jurisdictions with routine immunization programs) in planning and operationalizing their COVID-19 vaccination response.  See the full HHS Regional Consultation on Vaccines Schedule for September 28, 29 and October 1, 2020.

In addition to feedback during conference calls, Tribal leaders can provide input and recommendations in writing by submitting comments to [email protected]The deadline for written comments on this Tribal Consultation is Friday, October 9, 2020.