MILWAUKEE — The State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee's (SDMAC) Vaccine Subcommittee met Tuesday morning to discuss the best way to allocate vaccines once their available and ready to be distributed in Wisconsin.
The subcommittee hopes to vote Friday on a set of recommendations that will be used by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to ensure the distribution of vaccines to vaccinating entities is ethical and equitable.
"We want to have recommendations ready to go by the time the vaccine becomes available," said Dr. Jon Temte, SDMAC Vaccine Subcommittee co-chair.
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Right now, the team is considering 6 recommendations, which are still being fine-tuned.
The six recommendations that are being discussed and considered but that have not yet been finalized or voted on are:
1.Provide a partial allocation to as many vaccinating entities as possible, instead of fulfilling full orders for a smaller number of vaccinating entities, to help minimize risk of geographical disparities and minimize waste.
2.Give equal priority to healthcare providers (HCP) and long-term care facility (LTCF) residents.
3. Giving greater priority to vaccinating entities who will administer vaccine in communities characterized by higher levels of social vulnerability.
4. Inventive vaccinating entities to vaccinate unaffiliated HCPs such as first responders.
5. Current COVID-19 disease activity level in a geographic region should not be considered as a factor for prioritizing vaccinating entities for receiving a greater proportion of their vaccine request.
6. Current health care provider staffing shortages should not be considered as a factor for prioritizing vaccinating entities for receiving a greater proportion of their vaccine request.
The subcommittee hopes to make any adjustments and to vote Friday to finalize this list of recommendations.
This particular subcommittee is not part of the group of DHS-led individuals coordinating the logistics of a vaccine deployment.