Colorado successfully completes vaccine distribution readiness test


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DENVER — Colorado has successfully completed a test intended to help prepare the state for the eventual arrival of a coronavirus vaccine, the health department said Wednesday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Operation Warp Speed chose Colorado as one of 10 jurisdictions nationwide to participate in the test.

During the test, Colorado public health officials were expected to:

  • Identify a provider location that will receive the test vaccine shipment. 
  • Ensure orders have been submitted to CDC’s Vaccine Tracking System using a simulated national drug code. 
  • Receive a thermal shipper without vaccine and “mock” ancillary kits. 
  • Report receipt of shipper and kits.

The health department confirmed the test shipment and kit arrived this week.

A second test will be conducted Nov. 30, with 52 other jurisdictions participating. Colorado will not be involved in that test.

UPDATE: On December 1, the state said the ancillary kit designated for Colorado was actually delivered to another state, so Colorado did not receive it.

On Nov. 25, we reported receipt of an ancillary kit sent during the end to end logistics readiness test for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. The state was expecting two shipments for the test: a thermal shipper without vaccine and a “mock” ancillary kit. We confirmed receipt of the thermal shipper with CDC on Nov. 24, but not the “mock” ancillary kit. Tracking information confirmed that the ancillary kit designated for Colorado was sent and delivered to another state. This error in shipment was due to a label printing error with the manufacturer. The manufacturer has corrected the problem, but Colorado will not be receiving a second test shipment of the “mock” ancillary kit. An ancillary kit contains supplies, syringes, needles, alcohol prep pads, surgical masks, face shields, and COVID-19 vaccination cards. Although the ancillary kits were not received, the rest of the end-to-end simulation was completed and successful. 

December 1 statement from the Colorado State Joint Information Center

It’s not clear why the state originally said they confirmed receipt of the ancillary kit.

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