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Planning for a COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Educational Objective
To understand the planning required for a COVID-19 Vaccination Program
1 Credit CME

The long-term solution to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, hopefully, will be a globally implemented, safe vaccination program that has broad clinical and socioeconomic benefits. Dozens of vaccines are in development, with 8 currently in phase 1 trials. Some scenarios predict the earliest, widespread availability of a COVID-19 vaccine to be in 2021.1 As launches of prior mass vaccination programs have demonstrated, careful planning to ensure readiness of both the general public and the health community for a COVID-19 vaccine should begin now.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Sarah Schaffer DeRoo, MD, Division of General and Community Pediatrics, Children’s National Hospital, 111 Michigan Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010 (sschafferd@childrensnational.org).

Published Online: May 18, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.8711

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Fu reported receiving grants from Pfizer Inc. No other disclosures were reported.

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