Dec 14, 2023
IZDL TA Team: Pioneering COVID-19 Vaccine Infrastructure in Prestigious Journal
Today, the Journal Vaccine released a highly anticipated article detailing the national COVID-19 vaccine infrastructure, and among the list of distinguished authors are members of the IZDL Technical Assistance (TA) team. The article, a collaborative effort aimed at providing insights into the systems and processes that facilitated the monitoring and reporting of COVID-19 vaccination efforts, is a significant milestone for the team and the field of immunization.
The article, titled "Monitoring and reporting the US COVID-10 vaccination effort," sheds light on the crucial role played by immunization data in reducing the burden of vaccine-preventable diseases and enhancing population health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) spearheaded an integrated network encompassing various vital components, such as vaccination provider systems, health information exchange systems, immunization information systems, and more, to effectively track COVID-19 vaccines and vaccinations.
Sam Spoto, Laura Corvin, and Emily Augustini, who are members of the JMC IZDL TA team, have been acknowledged as contributing authors, with particular recognition given to Sam and Laura for their substantial contributions to the article. The team's involvement signifies a commendable achievement, as the Journal Vaccine is widely recognized as a prestigious platform for disseminating groundbreaking research in the field of vaccines and immunization.
In the words of JMC team member Emily Augustini, a contributor to the article, "JMC has been honored to be a part of the Peraton team supporting the CDC Immunization Data Lake (IZDL) since September 2020. During that time, we have onboarded jurisdictions, defined requirements, monitored multiple data streams, and participated in data quality processes for CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination data. We are proud of the support we have provided to CDC, public health agencies, and industry partners, as well as the sheer volume of data that the teams were able to manage across a complex ecosystem of various vaccine systems."
The publication of this article in the Journal Vaccine not only highlights the collective efforts of the IZDL TA team but also the importance of their contributions to the broader scientific and public health communities. The detailed examination of systems, processes, and policies presented in the article provides valuable insights and lessons learned that will prove invaluable in future public health emergency responses.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shape global health priorities, the work of the IZDL TA team, as showcased in this article, stands as a testament to their dedication and expertise in advancing immunization infrastructure and public health surveillance.