Colorado’s health department this week said the vaccine readiness test it recently ran with the federal government was “successful,” but there was a hiccup as one of the two shipments — a mock kit of medical supplies — ended up in another state.
The pilot program, which tested the logistics of distributing a COVID-19 vaccine, was led by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Operation Warp Speed.
Colorado was one of 10 jurisdictions to participate in the test last week, according to a news release from the state Department of Public Health and Environment.
On Tuesday night, about a week after declaring the test “successful,” the state health department announced in a news release that it did not receive a mock ancillary kit containing supplies such as syringes, needles, alcohol prep pads, surgical masks, face shields and COVID-19 vaccination cards.
The kit was delivered to another state, although it’s unclear where exactly it was sent.
“This error in shipment was due to a label printing error with the manufacturer,” state health officials said in a news release, adding, “Although the ancillary kits were not received, the rest of the end-to-end simulation was completed and successful.”
The Denver Post requested the summary report of the test, along with any other documents related to the simulation, under the Colorado Open Records Act. Simulations, and any subsequent reports, can provide information on how the health department is preparing to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine and any potential issues that could arise.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment told The Post on Wednesday that it has no records pertaining to the test it ran last week.
The goal of the simulation was to evaluate the state’s ability to coordinate and share information across agencies. Local public health officials have said the state could receive the first doses of Pfizer’s yet-to-be-approved COVID-19 vaccine between Dec. 11 and Dec. 14.
During the simulation, state health officials were expected to identify a provider location to receive the test vaccine shipment; to ensure orders were submitted to the CDC’s vaccine tracking system; and receive two shipments: a thermal shipper without a vaccine and mock ancillary kits, according to the news release.
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