U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Tribal Consultation Calls on COVID-19 Vaccines

On Thursday, September 24, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 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.

 

Tribal Leaders will have several forums to discuss vaccination planning for distribution and allocation, including the following national and regional conference calls:

 

  • September 28, 2020; 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET: HHS Regions 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Dial-In: (415) 527-5035; Passcode: 199 433 5800

 

  • September 28, 2020; 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET: HHS Region 5
  • Dial-In: (415) 527-5035; Passcode: 199 237 2009

 

  • September 29, 2020; 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET: HHS Regions 6
  • Dial-In: (415) 527-5035; Passcode: 199 978 7009

 

  • September 29, 2020; 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET: HHS Regions 7, 8
  • Dial-In: (415) 527-5035; Passcode: 199 692 6624

 

  • October 1, 2020; 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET: HHS Region 9
  • Dial-In: (415) 527-5035; Passcode: 199 650 2728

 

  • October 1, 2020; 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET, HHS Region 10
  • Dial-In: (415) 527-5035; Passcode: 199 442 6687

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

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) held a webinar on Friday, September 25th with information on vaccine planning. The webinar included an overview of the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine planning activities and highlighted considerations for Tribal Leaders and health organizations serving Tribal and urban Indian communities making decisions on vaccine distribution.

View the Webinar Recording

View the Slide Presentations: